Says Who?

Who decides which practices are the best ones?

I hear all the time about best practices. Every company I’ve worked with in the past 12 years talked about following best practices.

What I don't know (what they’ve never bothered to explain) is who decides something is a best practice. These are weasel words--a new way of saying “everybody’s doing it.”

I’ll believe that a practice really is best when it produces higher quality, better profits, more flexibility, and happier people. 

Until then, just be honest and say, “this is the way I prefer doing things.”