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Best Practice

A best practice is generally considered a technique or approach to solving or preventing certain problems. It is usually a practice that has industry recognition and has emerged from past industry experience.

Best Practice: Best practices provide guidance in the form of general 'lessons learned.' In the example, it is suggested that the ongoing maintenance of reusable solution logic units from all applications fall under a single custodian.

Figure 1 - Best practices provide guidance in the form of general "lessons learned." In the example, it is suggested that the on-going maintenance of reusable solution logic units from all applications fall under a single custodian.

How then is a best practice differentiated from a design principle? In this book we make a clear distinction in that a design principle is limited to design only. A best practice can relate to anything from project delivery to organizational issues, governance, or process. A design principle could be considered a best practice associated only with solution design.