The Danger in Following Best Practices

I find myself asking this question of myself and others a few times a month when confronted with a decision I feel unequipped to answer: What are best practices used by other companies in these situations?

I should learn from the experience of others, right? Why reinvent the wheel?

Turns out I might be shooting myself in the foot, blogs Scott D. Anthony on Harvard Business.

Blindly worshiping at the altar of best practices is dangerous. The problem is that practices that work incredibly well in one circumstance can be ill-suited for another circumstance.
When tempted to follow the best practices path of another organization , he suggests you ask the following first:
• Are market circumstances similar?
• Are corporate contexts similar?
• Is the practice "modular," with few interactions with other corporate systems?
If the answer to any of these is no, think twice.