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Absolutely this happens. It's unsurprising, since it's a case of not wanting to fire oneself and one's group when what you're doing no longer makes sense.

But standards bodies aren't the answer. Witness C#, which has all kinds of stuff for networking, and other useful things, versus C++, which keeps focusing on pedantic shite. It's the old joke about a committee designing a camel when the specifications called for a horse.

The problem you mention often occurs when large companies are run as monoliths. Products and budgets are centrally planned, so the exercise turns into a group against group struggle, each group trying to convince the senior nomenklatura that it deserves funding. When a thing that got funded no longer makes sense, there is little incentive to bring it to anyone's attention.

The best run companies primarily use a line of business model in which each silo (product) must sink or swim on its own. Your bonus, for example, depends far less on the company's overall performance than on your own silo's profit and loss. Each silo now has an incentive to focus on things that add value for its customers. One challenge is adding incubation projects to this model. It can be done by having a separate silo responsible for funding them, with the people running it being rewarded on the basis of how many incubation projects emerge as independent silos.

I've worked under both models and would always choose to work at the company run on a line of business model.
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