Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Better Best Practices

Posting Provided by Rick Robinson -

Here's an excellent article I recently read:

"Finally, the expert simply doesn't use best practices, because they don't use any practices at all! In fact the expert subverts best practices in order to get work done (or rather, subverts the policing processes that inevitably accompany best practices). Best practices are a necessary evil that must be lived with but should not be allowed to hold them back.

These last two levels, and especially the expert, can quickly come to resent practice-based initiatives, in exactly the same way that the competent person resents being given task-level detail. ("Put the red eight there, under the black nine, then you can free up that ace."). You aren't just back seat driving when you constrain an expert to rules, you are invalidating their hard-won instinct and intuition."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

By their very nature, best practices are old news. Necessary evils for sure and helpful in some industries, but innovation is much more fun!

Get radical!

April 9, 2008 at 9:13 AM  
Blogger dave225 said...

hmmmm.. but who has the arrogance to believe they're such an "expert" that other people's experiences with tried & true methods are not worth considering? Like an "expert" runner who is pleased with himself for running a ten minute mile because he used to run it in 14 minutes.

Not that I don't break the rules myself when I think I know better - so I amend the post to say keep best practices broad and flexible, and consider them as a good place to start.

April 9, 2008 at 1:27 PM  

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