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Best Practice: From Whose Perspective, By What Criteria?

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We’ve all been there. That moment in a meeting when someone interjects with a comment along the lines of “Well, best practice suggests we need to….” 

The whole conversation shifts into how we implement the best practice.

The challenge of a best practice is it is only best for the person or team who came up with the idea in the first place.

The new automatic control system on Boeing 737 MAX aircraft is allegedly a contributing factor to the loss of both a Lion Air and an Ethiopian Airlines flight in recent months. 

In both cases, pilots fought with the system to implement a known best practice when a warning sounded. 

Tragically, the practice was no longer best. Boeing made radical system changes, and altered the criteria for piloting success. 

When we talk about best practice, we need to learn to ask “From Whose Perspective, By What Criteria.”

“Best? From whose perspective, by what criteria.” - D. Williaume

Who said it’s best practice? Is it best practice right now with our available resources and in our given situation?

The best practice of a Michelin-starred restaurant cannot be compared to best practice of a street-food stall. They have a different perspective. A different criteria for success.

The challenge of a best practice is it is only best for the person or team who came up with the idea in the first place.

Should we continue to strive for excellence? Absolutely we must.

Yet we must also learn to slow down, and ask ourselves Is this best for us? And from whose perspective? And by what criteria?