In one of our Online Courses, a participant recently posed the question, "What is the Difference between Standards and Standardization"? To answer this question we need to first define each of the two terms.
What is a standard?
A Standard is considered to be the best way or expectation of performing, building and producing a product, task, process or service. In short it is a rule or example of how to perform an activity correctly that establishes a clear expectation for those performing the activity.
What is Standardization?
Many processes depend heavily on standardization, which is the process of establishing, sharing, conforming and then improving standards.
With these two terms now defined we can see clearly how they work together and how they are different. A standard is considered to be the "best way" of performing something while standardization is the process by which the standard is established and improved upon.