Perspective is key, as we hear time and time again. How one person or group of people look at a situation is likely very different from those on the other side of the coin. This is true with taxonomies as well. Who builds them and the perspective they bring to the project is key to its success or failure. The Financial Times brought this topic to our attention in their article, “Where new ideas take root.”

What if the classification system of your products was determined not by the organizational structure of your organization but by the consumer’s perspective? An interesting scenario that could be played out in most situations. Often, the classification system tends to become so deeply ingrained that on a day-to-day basis we rarely question it. But maybe we should.

Melody K. Smith

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