Create best practice ✔︎ #74

Looking back at past issues, I've been sharing links on what some call "best practice." I'm asked wha
Create best practice ✔︎ #74
By Ross Chapman • Issue #74
Looking back at past issues, I’ve been sharing links on what some call “best practice.” I’m asked what “best practice” often in project meetings and I have found myself filter my answers to what would work within the organisation. For example, suggesting agile, iterative design practices have to fit within our existing waterfall project management process. 
Does that hamper the effectiveness of a “best practice.” Not necessarily. You could ignore best practice completely. Gyan Nagpal talked about ignoring best practice: 
“Best practices are useful reference points, but they must come with a warning label : The more you rely on external intelligence, the less you will value an internal idea.
And this is the age of the idea”
― Gyan Nagpal
Copying what others are doing dismisses original thinking and the innovation that can come internally from teams. Don’t miss the opportunity to create best practices too!
Thank you for supporting this issue,
- Ross

UX design 🙋
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eCommerce 💳
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Cycling 🚴
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Coolness 😎
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Jason Fried: Make “Creative Destruction” a Regular Part of Your Routine
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Here's to making your own best practice!
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