For 20.12.18

Deepening your studies of the BPMN problem outlined for 6-13.12.18, your assignment for this week is to:

  • Extend your reading of BPMN, and mastering Camunda, either build a more sophisticated model or move on to explore another
  • Read and apply what you learn from “The Box,” by Twyla Tharp
  • Extend your exploitation of the no-nonsense learning model, including all four present steps plus the fifth, comparative example approach we discussed in class


  • Learn Mendeley

Extend your reading of BPMN

Learning from Tharp

  • Continue reading “The Box” by Twyla Tharp (on Dropbox) and where you identify the topic of each sentence as we did in class and imagine how that might work out for you
  • Do one or more things, changing or enhancing your collection of study materials, that will reflect your understanding and putting to use what you read
  • Do so, and reflect on what you’ve done, following the next, “No-nonsense” advice

No-nonsense learning for you

Tell a real story about transformative learning

  • Where transformative means you not only confront a difficulty, seek an answer, and come up with a solution that you can put to use, but where as a result you become a different person
  • The enemy here is “message in a bottle” or “data dump” learning, where you simply spit back what you’ve been told and then forget about it
  • Your strategy should be not to do everything tiny detail, but to find a challenging, meaningful part of the assignment and work on it strongly: scan the materials until something grabs you, then dig in

Explain the problem in your own words

  • Where by putting things into your own words you remember, understand, and clarify your thought
  • The enemy here is copying, linking, and parroting what you think you are supposed to say, and can then forget about it
  • Your strategy should be to link to the things you have studied and then write for yourself a guide to what you have found interesting, useful, and fun
  • By “in your own words” in mean in both short and long sense of the term, including notes written as mere phrases or instructions as well as interesting description, analysis, chronicle, and/or reflection
  • For example, when you finally learn to work consistently within the Outline View because you have learned to appreciate the logic of tree structures and expect to see it everywhere and as you have mastered the shortcuts so that note-taking is easy and fun: what did you have to do differently to achieve this state of nirvana? s

Explain the principle

  • Writing up lists is easy to do once, but making a habit of list writing is larger, it changes your life: the technique is easy, the meaningful adoption is the point and a higher principle
  • Similarly, anybody can learn how to double-click into the header space and follow the method for adding a page number, clicking in its box, and adding “first name, date — “ before the number, and copying that, clicking “save as,” and pasting that header info as a file name, but building this into your daily routine is the point and a higher principle: why?
  • When studying BPMN, anybody can add a “swim lane”, but what is the larger principle here? How are they useful, why are they important, and how over the last days has your understanding of swim lanes changed the way you see organizations, business, your own study habits, etc?

Create working notes

  • The trick here is to recognize that you are indeed preparing a portfolio to be grades, but the assignment is to prepare notes for you, and simply not for me
  • Note-taking is among the most powerful tools for exploration, analysis, and reflection, and when editing your notes you really can check your understanding, clarify your thought, and so remember: examine your methods and those of others, change what you do, profit from it, and demonstrate your newer way

Compare what you learn to what you know

In class on 6.12.18 we discussed how, when studying user scenarios, we might learn most when we lift our eyes off the page and ask: “where have I seen this before” and “how might this help me?”

what does the text say?

The text offers a simple, declarative recommendation, and we are going to recognize and note this and then build on it for our advantage, so first identify what the text says:

  • We need a good room: physical, temporal
  • For conversation and note-taking (post-its)

what does it remind me of

We then ask ourselves, where have we seen such a place before? How do such places work? How might we better go about thinking of such places?

  • Where we worked … particular places, particular qualities …
  • Bar, Lunch … A certain shisha bar, where … atmosphere … not too loud, not too quiet … familiar, my stammtisch … socially interesting … isolated/protected from listeners, parents, noises, police …

how might it make sense to me?

Now that we have thought of such places, we look for what they have in common, a pattern, and from there a principle answering the question what characterizes such places, what are they about, and why are they important?

  • a place to engage and be engaged, to experiment, to play, and to train for professional life …

Learn Mendeley

  • Install the application on mobile and desktop
  • Learn how to add a few entries, drag in pdfs
  • Learn how to choose different bibliographic styles
  • Learn how to export (copy) and paste into MS Word
  • Learn how to search for documents and add meta-data automatically