Recently I was in the power tools section of our local home improvement store and saw the new packages that have a power drill, power saw, electric screwdriver and a couple of other nifty tools I don’t remember. Two things stood out:

1. The interchangeable battery system that pops into any of the tools – you don’t have to charge the tools separately.
2. The price on the package was as much as I paid for my 25 year-old power saw (that still has the electrical cord attached, how passé).

Remarkable innovations. I was pretty impressed.

However, the fact that I still have my 25 year-old power saw tells you how much I use it (maybe once or twice a year to cut a board or something). I’m not the most handy with tools.

My point is that new and nifty doesn’t mean useful or valuable, UNLESS I put the tools to use.

Old ISO or new ISO doesn’t really matter, if the tools aren’t used properly (or at all in some cases). Showing your neighbor that you have a new set of tools doesn’t make you a tradesman. Showing a customer an ISO certificate doesn’t make you a better (more valuable) supplier.

The “value” of any change in the ISO standard is going to be found in what businesses do with it, not in the theory. In my view, the modest changes in the ISO 9001:2015 standard (compared to today’s model) CAN add value for those who want to be a better company. For those who only pull the tools out once or twice per year, the latest model is still going to just take up room in the garage.