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Best Practice

  • 1.  Best Practice

    Posted 03 December 2013 22:15

    I like Wikipedia's definition of best practice:

    "A best practice is a method or technique that has consistently shown results superior to those achieved with other means, and that is used as a benchmark."

    But I wonder if there really are a lot of methods and techniques that have consistently shown results superior to those achieved with other means, why there isn't a consolidated list of them somewhere? What a sensational resource it would be.

    Can anyone name a method or technique that has consistently shown results superior to those achieved with other means? Is there a objective comparision to the alternatives available?

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    Wayne Eddy
    Strategic Asset Planning Coordinator
    City of Whittlesea
    BUNDOORA MDC VIC
    wayne.eddy@whittlesea.vic.gov.au
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  • 2.  RE:Best Practice

    Posted 08 December 2013 18:55
    Wayne
    Asset Mates, by getting LG professions to discuss issues and solutions, is part way there.
    Unfortunately the discussion group format is not conducive for "continuous improvement" or leading to "best pratice".

    I would like to suggest that we should all be moving to "BETTER" practice, as there is NO best practice (practices can always be improved?).
    Also if we think we are at best practice we could stop trying and out goes "continuous improvement".
    I once saw a worthwhile quote which said "Best is the enemy of innovation" (read change).

    There are many standards and practices across LG as witnesed by the varying posts/questions/answers on any topic.
    Everyone needs to be striving for a better way to do things in LG.

    There are also better methods/technologies for moving everyone towards their own version of "better" practice.
    We have previously (as has IPWEA) suggested Wiki technology as being a solid record of "improved processes", but it seems wikis are hard for people to get their heads around. The IPWEA wiki (possibly) died and unnatural death from lack of interest/support/participation.

    I am not sure what the answer is but we do need an answer, so that vital information is not lost in the archives of discussion groups like this one. The continuing revival of "old chestnuts" in these discussions is a pointer to discussion group short coming (ineffieciency).

    Thinking caps required.

    Regards

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    Darron Passlow
    Asset Management Team Leader
    Pittwater Council
    MONA VALE NSW

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  • 3.  RE:Best Practice

    Posted 09 December 2013 22:17
    Best Practice would appear to be a piece of string and has promulgated continuous improvement. LG is not a production line but there are areas of our business who's impacts are substantial such as Drinking water quality, environmental compliance where BP has relevance. But I fear there are a large amounts of LG who should be thinking about Appropriate Practice and therefore about closing the Gap from where you are now to where you want/should be. It is balancing what the community can afford with the agreed level of service and then working towards delivering that service in the most efficient and cost effective way.
    Efficient and effective should be more prominent and our target may only be 85% of BP not 100%. Having said that it does not mean we stop looking at BP and reflecting on its relevance. Looking forward to other comments 

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    Neville West
    Senior Adviser
    NW Solutions
    Gisborne NZ

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