Beware of “best practices”
Posted June 27, 2015on:
There are a few of my blog entries that seem to get hits every day even though they are a few years old. One of them is “Alternative to ‘best’ practices?“.
That particular reflection was a series of a few. To provide some context, I am listing my thoughts on this contentious issue in today’s entry.
- 15 Sep 2012: There is no BEST practice (Contexts may not transfer)
- 17 Sep 2012: Alternative to “best” practices? (Contexts are different; best implies there is no need to get even better)
- 22 Jul 2014: Can practices be transmitted? (There is signal loss; not all signals are relevant or timely)
- 24 Sep 2014: Be wary of “best practices”: Slides 5-9 (Best for whom? Have you considered all contexts?)
I was not the first to write against “best practices” and I will not be the last. Here are a few other bloggers or authors who have been more articulate than me with their thoughts about this issue.