I learned in Houston at the PIP conference: Don’t reinvent the wheel.
The PIP conference was about a number of different topics, but what most resonated with me is this point: if it isn’t a competitive advantage, why are you spending effort defining/supporting/testing a practice? Surely there are best-practices out there you can use. For example, do you really need to maintain your own CS150 spec – are your carbon steel 150 pound process needs that different from others? If not, well, why not use a standard-practice? Or, do you really need you own way to install a standard Class I motor? If not, why not use a standard practice for the installation?
Interesting things to consider, and heartening to learn that more and more companies are going with standard PIP practices for just this sort of thing.
I also learned: Houston still makes mighty good barbeque beef brisket.