Best Practices – What are They?

September 15, 2009

Am I the only one confused? For years I’ve heard reference to Best Practices, but what constitutes a Best Practice?  Really, inquiring minds want to know.  At first blush, from the context I have heard, it seems to be they are:

  • Something that works for someone else, that you don’t have and are seeking
  • Something your competition does better, and you want to be as good as them by acquiring it
  • A solution to a problem you are experiencing and want to resolve without a lot of work and pain
  • The things in a consultant’s bag of tricks (They have nothing but … right? Just ask them.)
  • Something to aspire to – The holy grail of practices. Nirvana, once adopted.

But wait, there’s more