Practices

Best practice petals.

Best practices repeat actions to build sustaining skills. We negotiate continuous sustainable quality improvement using the following best practices.

RELATE for understanding
SOLVE root cause
AGREE ownership
DESIGN fit-for-purpose
RESOURCE for low cost life-cycle
IMPLEMENT order


Negotiate

We negotiate continuous sustainable quality improvement of our solutions to challenges using these six best practices.

Negotiation stages:
Need – Relate to understand and solve root cause.
Priority – Agree ownership and priority order.
Budget – Design and resource the solution’s life cycle.
Order – Implement high priority funded projects.


Relate

Relate to understand the challenge.

Understanding cycle:
Relate
Respect
Reflect
Respond


Solve

Solve the root cause of the challenge

Root cause cycle:
Document symptoms
Seek root cause
Solution options
Test selected solution


Agree

Agree ownership and priority for the solution.

Ownership cycle:
Concept
Rough Order of Magnitude cost & benefit
Design
Bill of Materials final budget
Schedule


Design

Design a fit-for-purpose solution to the challenge.

Fit-for-purpose cycle:
Purpose
Parts
Process
People


Resource

Resource for a low cost life-cycle solution.

Low cost life-cycle:
Design & Build
Protect & Operate
Maintain & Repair
Improve & Sustain


Implement

Order high priority funded project.

Order cycle:
Stage
Do
Report
Pay




Agree ownership


A negotiated collaborative solution brings together feelings of ownership and goodwill that are fueled by sharing of best practices. Solutions are collaboratively designed with our partners, families, schools and communities so that the root cause of the need is understood, addressed and agreed.

Ownership

By the families and schools to help each other and their children to be healthy, educated and able to earn an income.

Goodwill

Trust, responsiveness and mutual benefit can develop an enduring collaboration between our partners, families and schools.

Best Practices

Families and schools can benefit from sharing and using best practices that improve everyone’s lives. For example, rural primary school students use organic growing best practices to grow-their-own breakfast each school day.



Resource for low cost life-cycle


A sustainable solution provides predictable, continuously improving value so that it can be sustained by families and communities throughout it’s life-cycle.

Life Cycle Design

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Life Cycle Design’s purpose is to develop solutions that provide predictable, valuable and continuously improving outcomes.

Design & Build

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Collaborate with families, schools and communities to design, build and implement fit-for-purpose solutions.

Protect & Operate

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Protect the parts in the environment from weather, animals and people, and make them easy to operate.



Maintain & Repair

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Maintain parts to minimize replacement, and repair as needed so that the parts will last a long time.

Improve & Sustain

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Improve any processes and parts over time so that the user will create more value and want to sustain and keep using the solution.


Design fit-for-purpose


A fit-for-purpose holistic solution brings together people, process and parts to create solutions that address the root causes of challenges to achieving sustainable living.

People

Work parties are made up of interested people who are willing and able to work together to create value.

Work parties have clear accountability and responsibility.

Process

Procedures from the Better Lives library are combined to create repeatable processes.

The procedures are based upon easy, efficient and effective steps that are enjoyable to teach and learn.

Parts

Fit-for-purpose modular parts are enjoyable to use because they help achieve a process’s purpose easily, efficiently and effectively.

A “Low cost life-cycle” part can be maintained, repaired and improved.