Decision: Standards Strategy

Within the Core Competency Strategy decision pattern, there is a Standards Strategy decision that I have framed as “What is our strategy towards influencing or complying with relevant standards?”  This decision addresses your general posture toward standards; you may have multiple instances (variants) of this decision, focused on specific technology or process areas.

Core Competency decision pattern

Here are some criteria to consider when formulating your standards strategy:

Standards Strategy – criteria pattern

The value of knowledge grows as it is given away, shared and applied freely and broadly.  Standards are a form of knowledge sharing that can accelerate the development of platforms and the business ecosystems required for successful launch of new products into new markets.   Active participation in standards organizations can also create relationships with potential customers and partners.

Of course, your Standards Strategy should protect your most precious intellectual property so that you don’t undermine your ability to differentiate yourself in the marketplace.

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