The best practices. Don't put your organization at risk.

28 Februar 2016

Author: Monika Królak

Do you talk to others about so called best practices? How often do you promote the best -practices -approach?
Too many businesses adages are built on flimsy information, miracle cure, and flawed thinking about best practices. When leaders make choices based on dubious knowledge, they put their organizations at risk.

With some questions below I would like to encourage you to have a different perspective.

1. Where are two other practices: good and better?

Usually, as we have the first place winner, we have also the second and the third place winner, right? I recommend you asking somebody presenting so called best practices, what practices were good and better. The answer might be interesting or quite often there will be no answer but silence....

2. Who and based on which criteria/s decided that certain practices are best ones?

There are no criteria quite often but the managers believe it works, or it matches their assumptions about what propels people and organizations to be successful.

3. Why a group of certain decisions/actions/procedures good for another enterprise or group of people shall be good or leading to a success for your company or your team?

Why is a particular practice linked to performance improvement, what is the logic? If you can't explain the underlying logic or theory of why something should enhance performance, you are likely engaging in superstitious learning and may be copying something that is irrelevant or even damaging.

4. Why should you base your decision on historical dates?
Doing what (seems to have) worked in the past?

Are you sure that the practice that you are about to repeat is associated with the past success? Be careful to not confuse success that has occurred in spite of some policy or action with success that has occurred because of that action.

A set of solutions and /or recommendations that work for one company or team, doesn't have necessarily to work for another one. It's obvious.

For this reason I enjoy listening to best practices of some teams and project leaders which is expression of my curiosity but not belief.
I do rather recommend commitment to rigorous analysis, fact-based decisions and double check of so called best practices.
Don't put your organization at risk.

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