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Best Practices Working Notes

Working notes for best practices.

Best practises tend to be specific to industries and situations. They are context-sensitive.

BPs are often described in terms of artifacts, which doesn't make sense. A practise is a method, technique, or task. It is active. Usually, the artifact describes the means by which the best practise is implemented.

So, to truly identify a BP, reference to artifacts must be removed. Instead, the correct description indicates the underlying activity that is facilitated by the artifact.

Measures of Success (i.e. performance metrics) are essential. In order to validate something as a best practise, its impact must be measurable.

20 Best Practises for Undergraduate Curricula from ASME Studies

This list is based on [Var96]. The list is ordered. Note how few of the top BPs are technical in nature, and how many treat aspects of design.

  1. Teams & teamwork
  2. Communication
  3. Design for manufacture
  4. CAD systems
  5. Professional ethics
  6. Creative thinking
  7. Design for performance
  8. Design for reliability
  9. Design for safety
  10. Concurrent engineering
  11. Sketching & drawing
  12. Design for cost
  13. Application of Statistics
  14. Reliability
  15. Geometric tolerancing
  16. Value engineering
  17. Design reviews
  18. Manufacturing processes
  19. Systems perspective
  20. Design for assembly

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