I have had a number of design and architecture meetings over the past few months where standards are invoked every time a new approach is recommended. Sadly it seems that over the years people forgot what standards are for and how they come to be.Standards are documents describing current approved lowest common denominator and a baseline to build on. They describe bare minimum and generally (though not always) describe current state, not proposed and wanted future state.

Standards are not holy writ. They’re living, breathing documents. They change over time to reflect changes, dare I say improvements in your environment. If you blindly follow standards to the letter every single time you design a new system …
if you always follow what you have done in the past …
if you just redesign old building blocks …
if you never apply for an exemption from the current standards …
… your environment does not grow. It does not get improved. It stagnates.

Do not look to your standards body to push the envelope. They are there to put to paper advances by designers and architects; not other way around.

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