X : When you talk about principles, what do you mean?
Me : Oh. I use certain words in a specific way which I explain in research reports that I write.
X : Such as?
Me : Ok ...
Principles are the heuristics and rules by which we operate by as described through action.

Doctrine is a collection of principles that belongs to a collective.

Collective is a social grouping of one or more people.

Values are the things and qualities we consider important as described by belief.

Competencies are the discrete skills and methods we use.

Capital are the things we own, create and exchange.

Purpose is the reason for existence of the collective.

Practices are how we do things.

An instance is an evolving example of capital with different characteristics

Behaviours are our actions. They are derived from a combination of practices (from principles to context specific competencies), capital (instances of) and values (beliefs).

... these are my shorthand versions. I tend to find it useful to clarify what I mean by terms.
X : Are those terms right?

Me : Hmmm, others have different meanings for the same labels i.e. principles and beliefs are often interchangeable in some areas whilst doctrine and principles can be unconnected or intertwinned ... it really depends upon who you are talking to.
X : What are the right ones?

Me : Hmmm ... it's not that easy. It really depends upon which field, who you are talking to etc.
X : Isn't that why we have dictionaries?
Me : I wish. Take principle - it varies from

* a fundamental truth
* a rule governing behaviour
* a belief governing behaviour
* morally correct attitudes
* a general scientific theorem
* a fundamental basis of something

etc etc.
X : Those are different?
Me : Wildly ... or not at all. That depends upon who you are talking to and how they define those other words in their context which itself can change. Each of those words can have many different meanings.
X : Why does it matter.
Me : Well take principles like "have a common language" or "focus on user needs". Those turn out to be universally useful (for competitive reasons) but can be used by two different collectives with very different beliefs ...
... often you'll see principles, beliefs, behaviours and competencies mixed together. So you have to separate this out if you're trying to find common beliefs or common principles.
X : Principles and beliefs are the same.
Me : Not under my definitions but yes under alternatives.

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The creation of a product from what was once custom built is called an innovation.

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30% of time to work out a hypothesis.
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... I'd be curious on others experience.
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Of course, it's a rule of thumb thing.
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... no spoilers please.
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X : You don't think there is integrity, transparency and challenge?
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X : May?
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