I propose we replace Best Practise by great practise

I moved this post to my new blog

http://www.hanoulle.be/2009/09/i-propose-we-replace-best-practise-by-great-practise/

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4 Responses

  1. Nice post. Made me reflect on how we use that term in my (educational) environment.

    My conclusion: we never say ‘best’, or ‘great’. We use ‘good’ practises. I don’t think I’m going to switch to great and just stick with good.

    • great/good remark.

      You made me realize, I did not write all the idea’s about that post in the post.
      My first idea was to use ‘tips’, but it did not feel strong enough.

      I tend to “fail” on the positive side. (Meaning I’m too positive)
      Maybe that is why I use great instead of good.

      Again, I don’t care about the word. It is a state.

      Its should show it is good to do this, and it is ok to change it to something beter.

  2. How about “common” or “proven” or “accepted” practices?

    I worry that great will become the new best!

    Don’t put things on a pedestal… just propose them as new tools to select from.

  3. I think Kevin has it – his suggestion that “great will become the new best” is “best”, or “great”, or…

    The point is that “best practice” is a known keyword around the world, and, for an ITIL practioner at least, explained in the literature and training.

    Any word chosen can be either a) misunderstood, or b) explained. As part of that explanation, “best practice” is simply the currently accepted superior method by most practioners. But it definitely does not mean that it can’t be improved upon. After all – where did “best practice” come from? The evolution of former “best practices”.

    Continual improvement is also a best practice, and ensures that “best practices” are not the end, the last word, a block. If continual improvement is forgotten, then any method – best or otherwise – can be considered the end of the journey.

    Cheers, Paul

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