Why You Should Not Always Follow Best Practices

You must have heard and read how several leaders assertively talk about industry best practices. The Internet is flooded with several articles on the topic. Nonetheless, in this article at CIO, Bob Lewis shares why it is not a good idea always to follow best practices. According to him, people follow best practices because their peers follow them. There is not much evidence or logic behind it. Additionally, the success of these practices is mostly based on the context rather than being a sure-shot guide. The best practices also reduce the chance of out-of-the-box thinking. Let’s discuss more here.

Follow Best Practices Only When Needed

Not an All-in-One Template

There might be times when you are suggested to conform to best practices because they gave good results. Most governing bodies have frameworks, i.e., structures that will support you in some ways. But they cannot warrant success for every case. You have to find your own rhythm.

Purely Contextual

Out of the six recommended ones, you could follow best practices up to three. But it will be the cycle time or the project quality that cannot fit into the best practices. In short, you cannot put a square peg in a round hole.

Stalls Innovation If You Follow Best Practices

When you define something as ‘best’, it means no other way can give you the best results. Well, how do you know? Managers and leaders should keep looking for better ways to innovate and ideate.

Proven, Not Absolute

Industries are following best practices because some companies have achieved success using them. However, firms generally tweak per their requirements to get the best results. If you want to follow them, why do not you implement them as ‘proven practices’ instead? This way, your team will be free to discover new ways to improve processes and methods. To view the original article in full, visit the following link: https://www.cio.com/article/404952/why-every-it-leader-should-avoid-best-practices.html

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