How I Classify My Coaching Advice


I often have a need to clarify my coaching advice so that teams understand how strongly or specifically I am targeting advice. Below is how I classify my advice, so the consumers of the advice understand how to apply the advice.

Advice Classifications

  • Best Practice -a practice that is good in almost all contexts and almost all team situations.
  • Worst Practice – a practice that is *bad* in almost all contexts and almost all team situations.
  • Pattern(aka Good Practice) – a practice that is good in many contexts and team situations, but may not be good for all situations. As such, a pattern should suggest the context under which it is good.
  • Anti-Pattern(aka Bad Practice) – a practice that is *bad* in many contexts and team situations, but may not be bad for all situations. As such, an anti-pattern should suggest the context under which it is bad.
  • Bad Smell – strong evidence of a bad practice. While a bad smell does not always indicate a problem, it usually does.
  • Tip – a practice that is definitely worth consideration, but might only be good in a few or very specific contexts or team situations.

My hope is that the consumers of my advice will know just how broadly, in my opinion, that the advice applies to problem spaces.

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