For 1.11.17

  • What have you learned from your classmates?
  • Your research project (Delta)
  • Head First Data Analysis Exercises

What have you learned from your classmates?

Read and briefly outline the lessons you find in

List the interesting things you found in the work of others when you exchanged papers in class on 25.10, and when you implement one or more of them in your next homework offer a brief discussion of how you did so and use the following expressions:

  • “Like my partner, I (describe briefly) …”
  • “I learned xxx from yyy, and let me explain to you how I applied it …”

Create annotated screenshots, like this example

  • Using your OSXPreview/WINSnipping tool
  • Arrows or callouts to point to what you are talking about
  • Explain briefly and cleanly
  • Below your illustration, explain what you have have shown (1. Tell the people what you are going to tell them, 2. Tell them, 3. Tell them what you’ve told them)

Your Research Project (Delta)

Choose one of the topics you’ve reviewed thus far and survey what relevant professionals are saying about it now in the major consulting literatures

  • You want to become an independent scholar and professional of BizApps, to be able to research future BizApps problems for business, so I am walking you through the steps: here, you learn how to choose one topic from last week’s survey and start to dig in
  • Look for “current trends/issues your topic PWC/KPMG/Deloitte/Mckinsey” to find an overview of your topic in by people who make it their business to survey current business trends and indicate relevant issues
  • When you refer to a text be sure to include at least the URL (and better would be to insert a full bibliographic entry using Mendeley, which I will show you next week)
  • Dig down into the overview, looking for key words or firms, and go on the web to find the people the consulting firms are referring to, the relevant experts discussing B2E or whatever
  • What you will do next week is explain how innovative Delta was in the late 1990s from the perspective of the present, and learning how to develop this historical perspective will help prepare you to look forward, to innovation in the future

How to use the Steps for Better Thinking

The “Steps” I included in your syllabus handout and now the more elaborate version offer different views of the same five steps from starting out to the more complex thinking you’ll develop in your next semesters. The best place to begin is by identifying one or more of the steps you know already, such as listing information, and moving slowly to to explore more difficult steps. For a next step, you want to choose one that looks like you can master it in a short period of time: choosing the most difficult might well be a recipe for disaster: build small victories on your way up, and see this as a long term (four year) process

Head First Data Analysis Exercises

Like we learned in reading the Delta article, you best work strategically: first skim for a chapter’s overall shape, then scan to select 3-5 pieces that interest you, then choose one or two of them to read intensively

  • This text offers a path and an adventure, but for it to work you need to identify your own personal starting point and work it
  • One good way is to do the exercises, and to do that you will likely end up going back into the text to figure out what is going on: that’s good, this is about solving problems, developing understanding, and learning by doing
  • Sometimes you enter by the front door and at others by the back door: your mission is to figure out how you learn best
  • Complete at last some of the exercises and discuss briefly what you’ve learned