A look at what other’s have done to achieve success certainly offers a chance to avoid the aches and scrapes when heading into the unchartered wild of learning. Surely there is a needed guide to best practices. In business, learning the hard way may come at the cost of professional or organization survival. It is a jungle out there.
Instead of winding your way through the bush to create a new trail, take a shortcut others have used, save time, as logic goes. Time is money.
In business a shortcut to a new option is a best practice. Anyone in an organization today has heard about another’s best practice. Usually best practice comes up to frame a challenge – a big challenge:
- “I read about this organization that also wanted to … “
- “This happened at a Fortune 10 company and they did … “
- “Where I worked before we used something that may work here … “
- “This is a best practice used at all major organizations, we should … “
- “Did you see that new book by [insert management guru du jour] that studied 50 companies over 7,392 years … “
Well, a sane argument says, if it worked there, we can make it work here.
A Guide to Best Practices
The challenge remains what happened there was structure, environment, culture, time, and a host of uncontrollable and non-repeatable system factors. The best practice there, is not a repeatable practice here. Elements, sure, may work, but you can not put a Ferrari body on a Ford chassis and expect to delight.
A project management book, in part.
An organization design book, in part.
A process mapping book, in part.
A management theory book, in part.
But, as we know in business, the whole can be greater than the sum of the parts.
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Projects deliver business value. A vote to invest in one project is a vote not to invest on another.