Core Practice FAQ

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What is Core Practice?

Core Practice is an innovative new concept: the strategic decision to minimise cost in part 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.
Core Practice is documented business guidance on the core practices, which is user contributed and free. We aim for a million users.
Core Practice is an international organisation of people to promote the concept and maintain the guidance.
Core Practice is a website for the organisation and the guidance.
Core Practice is an ideological movement to make Core Practice a respectable alternative to Best Practice (the copper answer not the gold one), and to bring core practices into the public domain.

What is so innovative?

There are three innovations:
• The concept that Core Practice (CoPr or “copper”) is “good enough” and keeps a business competitive. Best Practice should not be an obsession, but a strategic option taken when there is an ROI. Why pay for gold when copper will do?
• User-contributed, public-domain business knowledge: the democratisation of intellectual property; the application of the bazaar1 open-source model to business documentation.
• The distillation of corporate business concepts to a form useful for small business, through a transform process known irreverently as the BSF, which the author claims stands for “Common Sense Filter”.

What are the benefits of CoPr?

Well, that remains to be proven. We believe it will:
• Reduce costs by eliminating unnecessary effort.
• Improve performance by tightening the focus of processes and identifying gaps.
• Increase competitiveness by focusing resources on strategic areas and freeing them up in others.
• Reduce time to market by cutting the learning curve for new businesses.
Who is Core Practice for?
Core Practice has wide application in business, government and anywhere practices can be described.
CoPr is useful for managers, and for those who advise them.

What is Bedrock?

For idealistic2 reasons the first instance of CoPr is focused on small business. CoPr for Small Business is branded Bedrock.

Why does it suit small business?

Bedrock differs from other sources of small business guidance:
• The Goldilocks Rule: not too complex and not too facile – just right. Most guidance for small business is either too complex to use or too glib to be useful. Crudely, we want the guidance for each practice to be achievable within 1 hour and to be printed on 2 sides of A4.
• The BSF: the Common Sense Filter that transforms corporate business IP into useful small business guidance
• Bedrock is free in the public domain – user-contributed, democratised knowledge.

What is the status of CoPr?

The conceptual framework is complete (in its first version). The website is operational. The outline of Bedrock disciplines and processes is all but complete and many of the underlying practices are defined but not described. Bedrock is published at http://www.corepractice.org/get.

What is left to do?

Considerable work remains to be done to get a first version. We seek assistance from small business subject matter experts to help complete the content.
The IoCP governance is in first draft. The IoCP organisation is yet to be formed.

How does it stay current?

Users are encouraged to use the website rather than printed or digital media as reference, in order that they can stay current with updates, corrections and debate. One process and one role within the CoPr framework involve managing this.

How does it change or grow?

Anyone may comment on existing content, propose changes or submit content. Proposals are moderated by a content committee. It was felt that a fully uncontrolled bazaar- or wiki-style system would result in instability and patchy quality, so we have opted for constitutionally-constrained minimum arbitration.

How is it distributed?

Anyone may copy, distribute, modify, re-brand or sell CoPr within the terms of the Free Documentation License3 (FDL) without any payment to anyone.
Won’t others just turn it into their own version?
One of the terms of the FDL is that derivatives must also be published under the FDL. This means that any modifications may be freely considered by the content committee for incorporation back into CoPr.

Who owns CoPr?

The copyright to CoPr content and the underlying RADIX framework4 remain with the original authors, who consent to its publication under the FDL.
A public not-for-profit body, the Institute of Core Practice (IoCP), will be incorporated as soon as a suitable team has been assembled for the founding committee. The IoCP will have the rights to steward and moderate the CoPr content; to promote and represent CoPr; to certify people, organisations and products; and to use the RADIX Framework and related trademarks.

How does it get localised?

There will be an IoCP International, and national chapters will form as interest dictates. It remains to be seen whether an international version of Bedrock is possible without localisation (we will try). If it does require localisation (laws, culture, language) then the local chapter will be responsible for producing and managing the variant, but the IoCPI will provide the mechanisms and processes.

Can I make money off CoPr?

Go right ahead. The IoCP will be constitutionally constrained from commercial activity outside of membership and certification, and will be obliged to support a third-party commercial community. Options include services, publications, toolsets, variants, training, websites, software…

How can I help?

Use CoPr and tell us about the experience.
Share CoPr with others.
Learn about CoPr and provide feedback and advice.
Endorse CoPr as a good idea.
Comment and vote on proposed content.
Contribute content.
Volunteer for tasks.
Join the IoCP and help build it.
Donate money.

1 The Cathedral and the Bazaar, Eric S. Raymond, http://www.catb.org/~esr/writings/cathedral-bazaar/cathedral-bazaar/  
2 The CoPr Manifesto, Rob England, http://www.corepractice.org/manifesto  
3 GNU Free Documentation License, Free Software Foundation, http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html  
4 Core Practice RADIX Framework, Rob England, http://www.corepractice.org/book/print/31  

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