For 3.11.17

  • Workflow (habits)
  • Reading 7-11 Japan
  • Reading Head First Data Analysis

Workflow (habits)

Optimizing your workflow (changing your habits)

  • Change some tiny little thing for the better in your writing routine (could be anything, the principle is the thing)
  • Document it brilliantly!
  • Tell a story of transformative learning (look it up)
  • From “this is the way I do it,” to “so I tried to do one little thing differently, and this is what happened …” to the end of optimizing my workflow
  • (integrated with your reading/outlining/discussion/writing habits)

Reading 7-11 Japan

Read and outline as we read in class until you have 5-7 issues for exploration in the following week

  • Scan for sections and sub-sections
  • For each, quote the existing sub-head and page number so you can find it again, then precede the entry with a higher-level generalization, for example,

Their sub-heads is “Reduction of Lost Opportunity” and to find it I put (3) as the page number. Then, I think about it as an instance of a larger business problem, such as “Inventory Control” and place that first, like this, and to make that easier to read I would either emphasize the more general term or put it on a separate line and at a higher level:

  • Inventory Control – Reduction of Lost Opportunity (3)
  • Item control – Supply Chain Management – Well planned Item (4)
  • Customer Relations Management – Commitment to customer satisfaction (4)

Do this throughout the text until you have a basic outline of the major issues

  • Follow their sub-heads to start
  • You are looking for issues that are larger than this particular instance which you will next look up in the big 4 consulting firm literatures (and more, I walk you through this)
  • You look these issues up (“CRM wiki”) to confirm your general understanding now (later you will go deeper)
  • So you can put the 7-11 example of 2003 into perspective, from CRM or SCM or whatever of today better identify how these systems were developed then
  • Once we put CRM or whatever into historical perspective, we’ll look at current innovations to help you prepare for the future
  • All of this you outline and were you use tree structures, with sub-heads in headings 2-3, discussion in 4, quotes and citations in 5-6 (or thereabouts).

Reading Head First Data Analysis

Your mission is to learn something.

  • Read until you have an ““a-ha!” experience,” where you really learn something interesting, useful, and probably important
  • This might mean reading more deeply, comparing to what you know, looking things up, like looking up “data analysis” and then more specific elements to at least briefly put the present text into perspective
  • Ask lots of questions, keep asking questions

Bonus, Sanders on TED

The Transformative Power of Classical Music