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What is an Unwritten Rule?

 , updated on June 24, 2016
An unwritten rule is a convention that people might not acknowledge in a formal setting but may discuss informally. Such conventions may exist within a culture, organization culture or profession. They usually involve practices that are workarounds or survival mechanisms that are helpful in real world business scenarios. In some cases, they may also include harmful discriminatory practices based on biases.
Overview: Unwritten Rule
Type
Definition
A common practice that isn't typically recognized in a formal setting.
Examples
The practice of "padding" estimates when scoping projects.
In some teams, you never go home before the boss.
Organizations in which it is common for teams to spend their entire budget at the end of the year because if they don't use it up they will get a reduced budget in the following year.
Also Known As
Unspoken rule
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