28 The New Practice Didn’t Help

We’ve talked all through this book about “standing on the shoulders of giants.” The best way to do that is to learn the practices that the giants are using and use them yourself. There’s always room for improvement in any software shop, so always be on the lookout for better practices that will provide that improvement.

When Not to Introduce a Practice

It seems strange to start here, doesn’t it? But many shops add new practices and process when they’re not necessary or at a bad time when they’ll be disruptive to critical work. They end up causing more problems than they solve. The first question you should ask yourself whenever you’re thinking about adding any practice should be, “Is now a good time to do ...

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