Standards and quantification
I have a love/hate relationship with standards.
On the one side, my human side wants me to reject the idea that it’s about standards. It’s much more complex, about feelings, human nature, blah, blah.
On the other side, I like the predictability, I like that you don’t waste time reinventing the simple stuff over and over again, but can focus on the complex, because you have standards for the rest.
I think part of the trick is to realize that the standards are the real work. You work on the standards that dictate how you work, rather than on the work itself.