Here at CIO magazine, we love writing about best practices. That\u2019s mostly because, we believe, if we give our readership enough practical takeaways and good ideas from each story\u2014told from the perspective of fellow IT execs\u2014then CIOs and IT practitioners will be able to take those specific concepts and put them into use in their organizations.\n\nMakes sense. The business world rests on a foundation of case studies of companies doing things right. Like rearing children, it\u2019s how we \u201cmodel\u201d good behavior.But that got me thinking: What about \u201cworst practices\u201d? Meaning negative modeling, the exact opposite of what CIOs should be doing. We never really write specifically about worst practices. Sure, we talk about them in failure stories (blown ERP implementations, change management disasters, faulty software rollouts), but we never call them out directly and say, \u201cTHIS IS A VERY BAD IDEA!\u201d or \u201cWHATEVER YOU DO, DON\u2019T DO THIS!\u201d The truth is, we all do things that are bad for us. Speeding down the highway, talking on the cell phone, kids in the backseat. Consuming too much junk food as you\u2019re trying to lose a few pounds. Telling white lies to our spouses\u2014for their sake. At the time, they probably seem like the best course of action, but from a more studied perspective surely would fall into a list of \u201cworst\u201d practices. Back in the business world, just look at the financial and accounting disasters and security slip-ups that seem to pop up continually. Worst practices are everywhere: \n\nWorst Practice No. 1: Should we cook the books to inflate our earnings? Great idea! No one will ever catch us!Worst Practice No. 2: How about turning off those security features on all the executives\u2019 BlackBerrys? Perfect!Worst Practice No. 3: I know, let\u2019s filch millions from the company\u2019s coffers and give our spouse a rockin\u2019 birthday party? A party all will remember!\n\nThe list seems to grow every day.One argument against devoting time and energy to collecting a list of worst practices, however, is that worst practices are just so gosh-darn obvious. No right-minded IT professional would need a reminder that, for example, she shouldn\u2019t ignore user input when implementing a new enterprisewide system. Right? But sometimes these worst practices are more subtle, more deceptively alluring. After all, if every CIO knows what (and what not) to do, then why do we have legions of technology consultants, business gurus and systems integrators, eager to take CIOs\u2019 money in exchange for advice on how to avoid disastrous IT situations? So what I\u2019d like from you are the worst practices from IT shops you\u2019ve worked in over the years. I\u2019d love to hear the true stories of IT stupidity, management incompetence and business-IT misalignment. Even those practices that looked like a good idea at the start. For your own safety, your responses can be completely anonymous and company names can be omitted. If you\u2019re more daring, include your name and company. You can post them on this site for all to see, or you can e-mail them to me, in private, at email@example.com.Just give me real events that had disastrous effects on that IT organization, and that, looking back, were a worst practice. I\u2019ll take them all, filter them, and we\u2019ll publish them in an issue that will open everyone\u2019s eyes to the World\u2019s Worst IT Practices.Thomas Wailgum is a staff writer for CIO magazine.