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Engineering Management Project Social Media Best Practices January 28, 2010

Posted by Jason in Daily PM.
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How’s that for a title?

For some strange reason, the term “best practices” has been skulking around my little piece of the interweb lately.  Sure, they’ve been around for a while, but what do they really mean?

Generally, best practices refer to those tried-and-true processes and procedures that will most economically help you reach some end result.  It might be a particular way to build a component, reach a customer, or hire a new employee.  In any case, the point is that if you seek out and apply these best practices, at best you are merely implementing what your competitors have already proven (perhaps years ago).

Two posts in particular dealt with the topic today: here and here.  But the one that really caught my attention was this one from a month ago.

As an engineer, I depend on “best practices” on a regular basis.  Sometimes, there really is one best way to manage storm water or build a sewer system.  But from a strategic and innovation standpoint, best practices are all wet.  You can’t beat your competitors at their own game by showing up late and borrowing their competencies.  It’s necessary to move beyond and develop your own unique approach if you want to avoid being a commodity.

“The first time you do something, it’s science.  The second time, it’s engineering.  The third time, you’re a technician.” — Clifford Stoll

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