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BTW, I think some specs and standards efforts fail
with paid consultants because the interest of the
leader(s) is to promote the consultancy, not create the
spec or standard. This replicates the
processes of pop music: songs are picked to
promote the singer but songs are written
to get a hit for the publisher. Most of the
time that works until a good song is given to
a bad singer or vv. This process is ok for
spec work (which is what it is called in the
music industry) but not for standards (where
a good song in the hands of a bad singer is
worthless but might get you through one gig).
If you want an instant hit, be a good singer
with a song written for the room (the middle gazelle).
In this domain, as Tim Bray says, that's
the minimum required to declare victory.
Just remember, a summer
is a lifetime to a teen-ager, a year is long to a
twenty-two year old, and a decade, nothing
to someone my age. If the song or specification
is to become a standard, it has to still be
fresh 20 years later even if reorchestrated.
Is that easy? No. That's why it's lonely
at the top and you have to afford flops. :-)