The first mistake is that they are still talking in inches instead of metric units.
This was my thought exactly. If we continue to build new standards around obsolete measurement systems we are just pandering to the Luddites. It is time to move America forward into the 19th century. If we can't engineer for the 21st century, we should turn the creation of standards over to people can.
When the bosses talk about improving productivity, they are never talking about themselves.