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Best Practices

James Bach has some good things to say about “best practices”, namely that they don’t exist and we are wasting our time trying to figure out what they are. He’s a testing guy, but all his points can be applied to software development in general.

My favorite quotes:

“There are no best practices. By this I mean there is no practice that is better than all other possible practices, regardless of the context. ”

“Excellence in an intellectual craft simply cannot be attained by ignorantly copying what other people say that they do. ”

“Go ahead and follow your favorite practices. Just don’t preach that the rest of us must follow them, too. Keep your process standards to yourself. If you want to make a suggestion, make one that takes context into account.”