I had the pleasure of joining Tom Johnson in another podcast and one of the topics we touched on was that of so-called best practices. Today, I stumbled across this post in a thread about high-tech job interviews:
It’s hilarious to me that during the hiring process tech companies insist candidates know and follow best practices. And then when you actually work there you find out they actually just use a total disaster development process that’s held together with duct tape and a few nails.
— Melissa McEwen (@melissamcewen) June 25, 2018
On a personal note, it was actually a series of such experiences that convinced me to take my current job in academia.
One of the replies linked to this post: Best practices considered harmfull [sic] which summed it up as “Work out what your best practice is, work out how you can improve yourself.”
Unfortunately, by the time I got to this point in my feed, my blog reflex had been triggered, and here we are.
If we have to find our own best practices, what’s the point of having best practices?