Although I know we need to employ “Best Practices” when possible, I have always hated that tow-word phrase. Why? Well how the heck can something be a “best practice” – if its the best then how could it ever be beaten…it is like the word impossible, man I hate that word too.
Anyway – a recent post from Signal vs. Noise shed some light on how this can be a very poor idea, to always follow these so-called best practices. It lends itself to improving “best practices” and breaking the norm, or at least refactoring it.
The post is called “How ‘The Fighter’ shot 35 days worth of fight scenes in only three days” and goes on to tell the story of the recent movie the fighter and how they basically took 3 days and held “actual” fights to record the ring scenes with multiple cameras. They said:
“…how all the fight scenes were filmed with an actual HBO fight crew. He mentions that going this route allowed them to shoot these scenes in a fraction of the time it usually takes.”
This makes total sense – I mean, why do in 35 days (which is how long a ‘normal’ Hollywood fight scene takes) and drag it out…HBO only has one chance to record the fight scenes they put on their network and people seem to enjoy it.
How does this relate to technology?
Its a perfect match in my mind…there are absolutely things we need to do each time we build a site, or market a product or talk to a customer. Those are tried and true – but what are the things we are doing which seem laborious and how can we find matches in the ecosystem which can improve our process and look to other arenas for inspiration?
The one motto I try to look to when I am trying to decide which ‘way’ is better than another…is one of simplicity – the simple solution, in my opinion, is often times best solution. Less moving parts will be less burden and cause less maintenance than a complicated series of ‘moving parts’ and processes.
Take a look around – what can you simplify? How many wheels are you greasing each day? How can you fix them?