Why Best Practices Suck

Why Best Practices Suck

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Robin Moffatt

October 24, 2014
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  1. 4.

    www.rittmanmead.com inquiries@rittmanmead.com @rittmanmead www.facebook.com/rittmanmead When taken from a 
 position

    of knowledge and understanding 
 best practices can be useful to 
 codify existing knowledge Good Best Practices?
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    www.rittmanmead.com inquiries@rittmanmead.com @rittmanmead www.facebook.com/rittmanmead Bad Best Practices! •Silver Bullets •“Laundry

    Lists” of settings to change •Random Jiggling •Absolutes without context […] “I will jiggle things randomly until they unbreak” is not acceptable. — Linus Torvalds, April 2011
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    www.rittmanmead.com inquiries@rittmanmead.com @rittmanmead www.facebook.com/rittmanmead Guesswork Is Risky If you don’t

    know why what you did worked, then you don’t know that you’ve not caused ‘collateral damage’
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    www.rittmanmead.com inquiries@rittmanmead.com @rittmanmead www.facebook.com/rittmanmead Déjà vu? If you don’t know

    what the problem was, you’re doomed to repeat the same mistake again in the future