For 29.11.19

  • Reflection
  • Observe and analyse in BPMN
  • Create a short blog post and post it


We are here not here to drill, play null-acht-funfzehn, pretend to teach or pretend to learn, and say: “here’s what I’ve done, teacher, give me a good grade,” but rather to prepare for professional life in business and beyond

  • Do enough of the exercises to learn something, not to impress me
  • Do them in a way to learn, not to pile up a lot of unk
  • Thinking about what you are doing is the better part of
  • Writing supports thinking
  • Write up what you’ve learned, by not simply listing the symbols and what they mean, but more deeply: how you’ve lifted your eyes up off the page, scratched your head, and wrapped your head around the idea
  • Write up what you’ve done, by not simply listing your steps, but more deeply: how you worked your way through the problem, the decisions you made and why you made them, what dead ends and where you broke on through to the other side

Observe and analyse in BPMN

Working in teams, analyze some real-world process in a way that will support your learning BPMN

  • Learn BPMN by applying what you have found in the BPMN resources introduced last week
  • Explore these materials in your own way to the end of mastering them AND improving your abilities to learn on your own

Observing, participating, maybe what to look for

My notes from our discussions in class

The Shopping Process

  • create a list
  • observe our needs to create the list
  • schedule a time to go
  • get some money
  • what kind of list?
  • how is this list
  • How do I fill out the list? (By category)
  • determine a budget
  • map of the store? (Sections)
  • two ways of doing it?
  • decision-making advice (quality, price)

The Shopping Expedition (Group 6&7)

  • Shopping expedition
  • Limited in time and scope, and repeatable
  • multi-leveled analysis, the idea, what happened, what normally happens, exceptions
  • multiple observers, discuss and negotiate what happened, team work
  • decision-making structures, conditional statement
  • Exceptions, stop and work around, opportunities
  • price and quality determination
  • trends, goal, aim
  • selecting, sorting, trying on: purchase, next, leave
  • when and where to go

Skill sets to be learned

  • To observe, map and model
  • To use symbols, abstractions
  • To see processes and how to optimize them
  • To work as a team

Create a short blog post and post it

Very simply, write up a paragraph or two about what you’ve learned (see above) and might like to share

  • Keep this VERY short, we are setting up a workflow only, so please, no rocket science
  • Keep detailed notes of your process so you can do this easily
  • If you run into trouble and have time, ask somebody, if not, don’t worry about it this week, ok?

Note-taking for increasing complexity

You will probably want to learn how to use EndNote, Evernote, or Notes as our problems are become more complex, you will need to keep track all sorts of data, and you might do well to develop more sophisticated note-taking systems. Here’s what we tried to do in class, maybe “copy and paste” from the Reader View is all you can do (and not my OSX email method)

  • Reader View In your browser, navigate to an article, use the Reader View shortcut, so you have just the interesting text and not the ads
  • Send as Email. From the Reader View, find and use the shortcut to send as email: your email client should preserve the URL
  • Copy and paste to a database. Select all (shortcut?), copy (shortcut?), paste into database
  • Using OneNote Organize your (pasted?) files by project