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A message to all interested in Core Practice

[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.

The status of CoPr right now is

  • The CoPr business framework is complete to a good-enough level (appropriate for CoPr)
  • There is next to no content behind the framework
  • the Core Practice website has been upgraded to our new technology platform, but businessbedrock.org (the small business instance of CoPr) has not yet.

My assessment of CoPr's failure to date is:

  • It is NOT too complex - it is just presented that way. The framework depth is necessary. In fact more is needed. But not on first encounter. We need to fix the message
  • I took too purist an approach and soft-pedalled the commercial layer, naively thinking the concept alone would generate momentum. There needs to be a commercial engine

By [mid 2009] I intend to:

  • Get the CoPr website fully functioning and nicely presented with the framework accessible and easy to use (free under the existing GNU Licence)
  • Make the commercial side of CoPr more explicit to attract more content
  • Create a much-simplified extract from CoPr as a small business framework
  • Let the Bedrock brand lie fallow
  • Grow (flesh out) and commercialise the extract on the hows-business.com website (it is within the terms of the GNU licence for any of us to brand and/or commercialise the CoPr framework).

[In 2009] I will possibly write a book to promote the CoPr concept [if my other books are successful first].

I firmly believe the CoPr concept is an important one for two reasons:

  • The more that overhyped frameworks like ITIL fall from grace - as I predict they will (see my www.itskeptic.org) - the more receptive the world will be to something more sensible. ITIL fits as an extension to CoPr for those who require greater depth (it is a growth thing), but it is inappropriate as a starting point for most organisations, especially those not in the Fortune 500.
  • Small businesses (and many medium ones) consist of only one business unit. Any framework has to be pan-organisational, not IT focused. CoPr does that (albeit very thinly right now)

I'm excited to be getting back into CoPr. It is the most important thing I have ever done. Hopefully I can combine advancing the philosophy with feeding my family :-D

I hope it will be as exciting for you too. Please do contact me if you have any thoughts or feedback or suggestions.

Watch this website for developments

Rob England
[April 1 2009]