What’s the Point of Best Practices?
Sometimes technology is no less risky than playing a game of roulette. When we make business choices that don’t follow best practices, we’re figuratively shooting ourselves in the foot. Working through trial and error to find the answer is frustrating at best. You can take risk out of the equation by consistently following best practices.
What is a Best Practice, Really?
A best practice is a documented path to success. When you follow a best practice, you’re capitalizing on the experience of others in the industry. They’ve gone through the trial and error and already found the path to the greatest results.
Integrating best practices into your work saves you from reinventing the wheel every time you start a new project. If every new task meant taking on a lengthy trial and error process just to see what works, business growth would come to a striking halt. Thanks to best practices, you can build on other people’s experiences and start right away with a proven method to reach your goals.
What’s In It for You?
Following best practices will help your business:
1. Reduce costs and become more efficient
2. Improve the skills of your workforce
3. Use technology more efficiently
4. Reduce waste and improve quality
5. Respond more quickly to innovations in your vertical sectors
6. Become more competitive by establishing baselines
7. Increase sales and develop new markets by leveraging best practices in those areas
Best practices are determined by a lot of factors. When you’re deciding which best practices to implement, make sure they apply to your current situation. Best practices aren’t inflexible rules. Use them as guidelines for starting out on the right foot, and don’t hesitate to adjust them to meet your needs. Best practices are the best way to accelerate your business growth.
Check in next week for tips to implement best practice strategies into your IT service environment.