I was talking to a friend who is in different field. He had a long conversation with his coworkers about standardization in their line of work.
Although it can definitely be a good thing, he was discussing how it also tends to hamper a lot of efforts. It fits in with the notion of Best Practices. When someone signs off on these they are suddenly the holy grail (at a lot of places).
While it is great to mine experiences, we have to remember that best practices are really:
Best Practices So Far, And Please Remember the Context and the various Forces
This is a constant battle that we all face. We want to capture good things that we do and share that knowledge, but we don’t want to pigeon hole solutions so we don’t have the creativity to come up with a solution that is BETTER.