A look at what other’s have done to achieve success certainly offers a chance to avoid the aches and scrapes of heading into the unchartered wild of learning. 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.
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.