Worst Practices

Management practices that are worst when viewed in the pursuit of a World Class R&D designation. These practices positively get in the way of world class capabilities.

Worst Practices

These practices are a touchstone for your inner beliefs about R&D management. Consider your reasons for when and why the listed practices are given the designation worst and you will be more thoughtful in the selection of management practices you consider best for your R&D organization. Conversely, if you fully adhere to one or more of the Worst Practices+, there should be some aspects of World Class R&D with which you will fundamentally disagree or at least find distasteful. For example, it would not be surprising if you viewed World Class R&D practices as elitist or pandering to the elite in R&D: after all it is World Class.

Remember also that many Worst Practices are only worst when viewed in the pursuit of a World Class R&D designation. Worst practices can often be quite appropriate given the current R&D environment. They’re an attempt to make the best of a bad situation. If you have an R&D organization that is fundamentally flawed, and has no path to reach World Class status, then broad cost-cutting measures (i.e., optimization efforts) are appropriate. After all they’ll free up resources that can be