[Updated April 1 2009 (no seriously)] Core Practice is the concept of good enough, copper not gold, in implementing processes. Core Practice, or CoPr, provides a process framework across the whole organisation, a taxonomy for organisaing processes and practices within them, a methodology for creating and filtering practice documentation, and more - all released into the public domain as open content but with a commercial model overlaid on to to incent contributors.
After a couple of years of inactivity while I tried unsuccessfully to generate some interest from an organisation (any organisation), and given the failure of an active CoPr community to spontaneously burst into life :-D, CoPr will get a new lease of life.
This document is an overview of CoPr (Core Practice, pronounced "copper") and of the Institute of Core Practice.
Not everyone can afford or wants best practice. We fully support best practices for those organisations that have the commitment and resources and reason to adopt best practice. For those who do not, something more pragmatic is required, which can be distilled from best practice as well as from legislative requirements and other sources. For these organisations (e.g. small businesses, start-ups, the cash-strapped) there is Core Practice. “If you do nothing else, do these things.”
"Best practice is a substitute for knowledge"
Simple: a checklist of the minimum things every business needs to do, and how to do them with the least fuss: the copper answer not the gold one.
Free: contributed by the public, and returned to the public for free. It is distributed online at this website, or you can download it as a book. Really. No strings, no spam, no catch.
Trying to repair all the CoPr data, we had a ...ahem... glitch. We've lost all new data, including new user registrations, between August 2nd and 8th 2009. Sorry about the inconvenience
We think we are doing something revolutionary here. is this the first open-source, user-contributed business information?
Open source and similar concepts are well established in other areas (political transparency, freeware, journalism, encyclopaedia...) but has anyone done this with business information in general or process guidance in particular (small business or otherwise)?
Wikipedia has information in it that is useful to a business, but it is not business-focused. It is aimed at the "man-in-the-street" or rather the "person-on-the-browser" (POTB). A small business owner is little removed from a POTB but Wikipedia is too wide-ranging to qualify as "business information".
Welcome to people from the media.
This site is not officially "live" yet: we are testing and gathering support. While not embargoed, we would appreciate you letting us know before mentioning us: please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The formal definition of Core Practice is:
The strategic decision to minimise cost in a discipline of the enterprise by implementing practices sufficient to (a) meet obligations and (b) to make processes work to a standard sufficient that risk (to the organisation and to people in its care) is reduced to some acceptable level
to tidy up and debug the cascading style sheets we use for printing CoPr content (and to a lesser extent look at the css for the website that seems to be working pretty well except for some Firefox quirks)
Experience with PHP and/or Drupal useful.
Wanted: people to help contribute (and review) content of CoPr for Small Business.
You can see how much work we have to do here
and exactly which ones need doing here
We need people with experience in small business:
...you name it.
Good written communication skills prefered.
Time commitment can be whatever you like, but expect a minimum of 4-6 hours a week for several weeks.