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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
The informal definition is:
a checklist of the minimum things every business needs to do to run, along with concise instructions on how to do them with the minimum of fuss. We take the good business practices and filter out all the non-essential stuff so you don't have to. Core Practice is 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.
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The Institute of Core Practice is a public volunteer body chartered with stewardship of Core Practice: ensuring its quality, viability and promotion.
The first iteration of Core Practice is targeted at small business.
Core Practice originates from Two Hills Ltd, and its owner Rob England.
There are a number of interesting story angles here, such as:
- Radical: The "Robin Hood" aspect of taking the essense of corporate theory and practices to those who can't afford the consultants that normally provide them. Those consultants are necessary because corporate "Best Practice" has grown so complex and ornate (through the efforts of those consultants. Hmm....)
- General interest: Best Practice is fine for businesses that need or want the gold-plated solution. For the rest of us, IoCP is working to create a copper-plated one. (that is a pun: CoPr is the abbreviated name of Core Practice). The world is ready for simpler solutions to real problems.
- Self-help: small-business owners and employees represent a large group who are usually struggling. Anything that is free, simple and aimed at helping them to survive and compete will be of great interest.
- Business/management: Best Practice has become something of a sacred cow in business. Many managers (and directors) find themselves squeezed by expectations of gold-plated processes where there is no good business case for their implementation. We want to make Core Practice a credible and respectable alternative approach to Best Practice.
- Technical: we believe this is the first application of the "open source" model (widely used and proven in software such as Linux) to business information or advice. This is kind of a wiki for business guidance, though not quite: we keep more control to ensure quality and structue.
- IT: Core Practice is driven by a managed-wiki style of website that acts as the interface for submission, review and publication of the content. The processes of the IoCP are driven entirely by the website (except finances). The website is based almost entirely on open-source software: Drupal, PHP, MySQL, Apache, and Linux (and The Gimp, Nvu, Open Workbench and Tortoise in the back office). The exception is the use of Excel and Word instead of Open Office. It is hosted by a VPS service provider.
- Social: this is community-contributed, community-selected information. It is not handed down from some elite group. It represents the consensus of the users who benefit from it.
- Political: one of the objectives is to make this information more readily available to developing nations
- Human interest: one man in little Pukerua Bay in little New Zealand comes up with an idea that just might cause some big changes, so he quits a well-paying corporate job of 17 years, and sets up a home office overlooking Peter Jackson's original home.
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