Practices: Proven vs. Standard?
In comments yesterday, both Kyle Maxwell and Nicko suggested that “standard” is a better adjective than “proven:”
I like Kyle’s “standard” practice, since it makes it clear that you are just following the flock for safety by sticking to them. Perhaps we should call them “flocking standard practice”
I do think there’s an important difference, which is that standard practices include things like user education. Things which (as far as I know) no one has ever tried to measure or justify. Proven practices are those that have been demonstrated to work somewhere. It doesn’t say that there’s no better way to do it. It doesn’t say that it’s economically optimal, just that someone has actually set some acceptance criteria, tested it, and proved that it was able to meet the criteria.
Publishing the criteria and reproducible details of how you tested along with your practice — that’s a best practice.