In my latest post for Fast Thinking we examine the phrase and concept "best practice" and why, if you follow "best practice" you are by definition second-best.
WHY BEST PRACTICE IS SECOND-BEST
The phrase "best practice" is tossed around so often now that it seems ludicrous that anyone would dare to question it but question it I must. Firstly, if you follow best practice then you are, by definition, second. You are simply copying someone else who beat you to it and worse than that you are often copying a standard that no one has given any thought to.
You see "best" implies that someone undertook some sort of comparative analysis and concluded that the "practice" in discussion was better than any known alternatives.
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