For 17.1.19

Odoo, and learning ERP

Learning how to push the buttons is meaningless; meaningful is when an application delivers you, and eventually you in the workplace, real-world value

  • Odoo, like all applications, offers "functionality," things that may deliver value
  • Value depends on a workflow, including a conceptual framework and theory of action
  • Without development of concept and its application (here, to improvements in your workflow), all you end up with is description of a fancy toy; but if you can apply the lessons here to your productivity, your learning will be applicable to the workplace
  • For productivity in Odoo, among the most relevant conceptual frameworks and methods is Getting Things Done (GTD)

Getting Things Done

The best way to learn GTD is to change what you do and find benefit in this change

  • Rather than simply making a claim “oh, I have such a better understanding”, find some part of it that might apply, implement a change in your workflow
  • Document your learning with evidence (screenshots) and explain the problem and counter-measures
  • Dig deeper into the theory of Getting Things Done (especially pages 5-8) and my Productivity and where you pay close attention to the connection between activities and the science and logic of GTD
  • If you haven’t already, be sure to review my No Nonsense Learning as well as Tharp’s “Box”

GTD Method Summary

Keep before you the GTD diagram as you outline the five steps and study what they mean and how they relate to each other, for example, on pages 5-8, note what you might do for each of the following:

  1. Collect
  2. Process
  3. Organize
  4. Review
  5. Do

Situated and embodied Cognition (p. 10)

Take a few moments to study the powerful theory of thinking and action that is GTD’s conceptual framework, including:

  • how perceptions trigger actions
  • how actions produce changes in the environmental situation
  • how these changes are again perceived
  • how these perceptions trigger new actions to—if necessary—correct or extend the effects of the previous actions.

Review Functionality on Odoo Project Management

After reviewing GTD and mapping your workflow for the next week, review the functions Odoo offers, identify those you might implement at least in part, and model them as Odoo does, in lists and a list of lists, first on paper, including one or more of the following:

  • Organize tasks, group
  • Schedule
  • Plan deadlines, progress, overview
  • Monitor workload
  • Forecast needs and resources
  • Visual Info, simplify process, enhance collaboration, break down project into tasks, assign tasks, stages
  • Collaborate, discuss and share tasks and documents
  • Conceptualize project scope, graph views, filter, visuals
  • Note Integrate other apps: Sales orders and invoices, eSignature contracts, Invoicing production, Mass Mailing
  • Note Case Studies, watch Universem interview

What your homework might look like

  • Outline your tasks and timetable as you did this past week in MS Word and save this outline for your portfolio
  • Create calendar entries in your favorite calendar …
  • More suggestions in class …

Learning from others

From the homework this week posted on Dropbox and in class, identify something someone has thought or done where you have an “a-ha” experience, where you see something you had not seen before or thought of, discuss this with them, then do something differently this next week and write it up

  • The idea is to learn how to learn from classmates, neither easy nor trivial, requiring skills of observation and conversation that will prove immensely valuable in the workplace
  • Practicing such skills will offer your classmates and you valuable feedback, more than any teacher might offer on a regular basis (reserving for your teachers the larger questions)
  • This is not rocket science, you can do this successfully with little things