Thursday, September 2, 2021


Standardization simplifies, unifies, qualifies, and harmonizes for improving organizational manageability.

Many people will assimilate "standardization" to "rigidity." In fact, the intention to standardize is to build up disciplines, manage complexity, and improve business efficiency and agility. 

There are many types of standards and there could be diverse levels of standardization. Organizations can standardize certain working processes or procedures to ensure safety or reliability; schools standardize educational content to improve training effectiveness. Societies standardize principles and laws to enhance order from chaos. Standardization builds orders from chaos, enhances commonality from varieties.

Standardization is inside-the-box: Organizations today are not limited to the physical buildings, digital business is perceived as the right mix of physical and virtual, creativity and standardization. Creativity is out-of-the-box, and standardization is inside the box. To scale up and gain in cost efficiency, organizations need standardization to improve profitability through volume and reusability. In fact, organizational strategies can take into account making profit through standardization (volume). Standardization enables the organization to improve productivity, quality, efficiency, or speed.

Standardization is solution driven: Usually, companies want standardization of internal reasoning for capitalization of previous experience, cost control, convenience, etc. Building a set of common principles or developing the best practices help to standardize solutions to some common problems usually within the industry. Within the organization, standardization should be done at the solution level and should only occur when the functional requirements for the different groups are the same or where there is a core set of functional requirements that all groups need and additional requirements are easily added without having an adverse impact on the performance of the solution for those groups that do not need these added functions. High standardization and high integration lead to unification and accelerates business performance.

Standardization is not lack of innovation, but facilitating innovation: Standards are a form of embodied technical knowledge accessible to all types of business that enable more effective product and process development. To improve innovation efficiency, the right "dosage" of standardization and innovation in the new product is the key - meeting target costs in the product design phase (phase engineering) is the path worth following. Standardization versus innovation can actually be standardization and innovation to facilitate innovation in an environment where the rate of focus and priority change exceeds the production/ROI cycle of deployment.

It’s the hybrid, networked, extended modern working environment, though diversification is the new characteristic, standardization is always one of attributes to help the business management see commonality via differences; setting standard to enhance governance; making alignment via integration; saving cost via reusability; and facilitating innovation via balancing. Standardization simplifies, unifies, qualify, and harmonizes for improving organizational manageability.


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