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.
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.