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Vendor Escalation, Process Politicalization, and What Needs to Happen Next

Apr 07, 2008, 15:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Updegrove)

"Not so very long ago, most standards were set in a largely collegial atmosphere by career professionals who met in face to face meetings over a period of years. Along the way, they came to know each other as individuals, and established relationships that helped the process move forward and allowed for productive give and take.

"While this process was not without its back scratching and game playing, at least the impact on interests other than those directly involved tended to be limited. After all, if performance standards for light bulbs had settled out at 45, 65 and 95 watts rather than 40, 60 and 90, no end user's ox would have been gored on the desktop, when it came to lighting..."

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