Best Practice and Good Practice

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Best Practice and Good Practice

To do or perform habitually or customarily; make a habit of: practices courtesy in social situations.

To do or perform (something) repeatedly in order to acquire or polish a skill: practice a dance step.

To give lessons or repeated instructions to; drill: practiced the students in handwriting.
To carry out in action; observe:

Definition - Good
Being positive or desirable in nature; not bad or poor: a good experience;
Having the qualities that are desirable or distinguishing in a particular thing
Serving the desired purpose or end;
Superior to the average

Definition - Best
Surpassing all others in excellence, achievement, or quality; most excellent: the best performer
Most satisfactory, suitable, or useful; most desirable: the best solution
Most highly skilled

What is Best Practice?
Best Practice suggests that there is a technique, method, process, activity, incentive or reward that is more effective at delivering a particular outcome than any other.

The idea is that with proper processes, checks, and testing, a desired outcome can be delivered with fewer problems and unforeseen complications.

Best practices can also be defined as the most efficient (least amount of effort) and effective (best results) way of accomplishing a task, based on repeatable procedures that have proven themselves over time for large numbers of people.

Best Practice is considered by some as a business buzzword used to describe the process of developing and following a standard way of doing things that multiple organizations can use for management, policy, and especially software systems. This is often true within the public sector.

What are the benefits of Best Practice?
A best practice strategy is one where the organization strives to copy those deemed to be proficient in a given activity. This can help your organization to:

    * Respond more quickly to changes or innovations in your market space

    * Become more competitive

    * Increase sales and develop in new markets

    * Manage and reduce costs and become more efficient

    * Improve the skills of your people

    * Use appropriate technology more effectively

    * Reduce waste and improve quality

Tools to improve Best Practice
There are several business tools that you can use to achieve management best practice, including:

    * Networking

    * External benchmarking

    * Quality and other external awards

    * Strategic planning

    * Performance management

Achieving Best Practice

We know that Best Practice means finding - and using - the best ways of working to achieve your organizations objectives. It involves keeping up to date with the ways that successful organizations operate and measuring your ways of working against those used by the market leaders.

Methods of Best Practice include:

    * Benchmarking - learning from and through the experience of others.

    * Standards - Best practice through achievement of standards.

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Those wacky Germans. They're always on the hunt for the next new niche and the second one of them discovers the next big thing in automotive packaging, the others dog pile on. The most obvious example is the Mercedes-Benz CLS – the so-called four-door coupe. Mercedes beat everyone to market with their swoopy, low-slung sedan. Then BMW did the CS Concept, Volkswagen  launched the CC, Audi is readying the A7 and BMW will most likely put the four-door Gran Coupe Concept into production. Still not convinced? How about X3/Q5/GLK?

Now it looks as if Bentley is now looking to muscle in on Porsche's new niche, the five-door sport-luxury yacht, the Panamera. What's that you say, Bentley's British? Sure, in execution, but peel back the skin a bit and the Continental rides on a Volkswagen/Audi chassis – the Phaeton and last-gen A8 if you must know. Let's not forget that Bentley's president is named Franz-Josef Pfaegen and that he considers the Continental to be Bentley's, "911." That's 911 as in Porsche 911, not emergency/national tragedy. So yes, Bentley is as German as schweinebraten und hefeweizen.

In a conversation with the actually-British Autocar about the next generation Continental, a source within Bentley admitted that they're looking at adding a five-door Panamera-type hatchback to the super coupe, sedan and convertible line up. They feel there's growth potential in that particular body style. Bentley has been in rapid growth mode since Volkswagen rebooted the brand in 2003 by launching the Continental GT. Adding a five-door would only further expand the brand's appeal to the world's wealthier citizens.

Should Bentley build it? Why not? That said, it should also be building a three-door shooting brake version like Touring Superleggera's doing with the Flying Star. However, a five-door probably has a slightly larger audience. Additionally, if the new Bentley hatch is anywhere near as useful as the Porsche Panamera, owners will love the car. Besides, a Panamera-like Continental will be as close as we'll ever get to a twin-turbo W12, AWD Bentley station wagon. Bring it.

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