Reading, Note-taking (Industry 4.0)
The problem is, that we have been trained to make reports before we have learned anything and figured out what it is we have to say. The counter-measure we will explore is developing a note-taking tool kit where you will learn a number of different things you might do to find, gather, organize, prioritize, and otherwise set yourself up (so that, when it is time to make a report, you have something to say
One thing we might do to unlock ourselves is learn how we are being locked in
Here is a conceptual framework to help explain what we are doing
- Watch the following video to learn how reports lock ourselves in to the stories we bring with us
- Engage Through Storytelling Observe how Duarte suggests that, before we write up a report, we practice telling each other stories — something we will do after we will take up our notes
- Skim, Survey, where we list the keywords/sub-heads/things we think about as we read: a "superficial reading"
- Scan, looking for specific information, and listing keywords in an outline
- Reading Intensively, where we choose one or more sub-topics and look them up
- Reading Extensively, where later (when writing a full report or term paper) we follow our topic through the rest of the text and other texts
Reading an Executive Summary for the largest, key concepts
Read Industry 4.0 for the largest, key concepts
- Evolution, from … to, an historical perspective, changes in thinking
- From what? ("Silos") to what? ("Permanently integrated ecosystem"
- And what about that? ("Transparency"
- What technologies? (Note list …, and we may come back to this)
- Where is the money to be made, what competitive advantage? ("Resiliency and responsiveness"
Collect images for the major concepts
Your methods until now are quite fine, because they got you here, but this week you will learn another, more "superficial" approach, where you develop an overview as well as begin to organize what could become an extensive, potential bibliography; before, you might have grabbed onto the first definition you found and reported on that as if you knew what you were talking about, but with this method, you will learn first to skim and scan before you read intensively, and where you look at the pyramid's overall shape (geometry) before you start counting the stones (arithmetic).
- What is Supply Chain Management? Watch the video until you understand generally what SCM is about
- Evolution. An important keyword, work from general to specific. Look up the general term in Google images, collect a couple of images, rename them "evolution xxx", save them in your "Industry 4.0" folder.
- "supply chain evolution". For any concept or method in this survey of current business thinking by PWC, explore how others are thinking about this: look up this phrase, collect 3-7 images that seem relevant, rename them "supply chain evolution xxx," and save them into your I4.0 folder
- "resiliency supply chain". In your outline, list the titles of a few articles, based on this search using the keywords they offer, to see what professionals are talking about (and to look up later) and look up and note the titles that seem relevant, then switch to Images and collect a bunch as before
- "logistics visibility". This time, in your outline, list three titles that offer definitions and discussions of the technology, then switch to Images and find two diagrams that you think might offer the best explanations (such as cargo tracking and monitoring).
- "Enterprise Resource Planning". Now let's put SCM into context: look up "Enterprise Resource Planning", briefly review the definition on wikipedia, copy, save, and rename their "diagram showing some typical ERP modules", in your I4.0 folder, then examine study this diagram to see what SCM has in common with other components of ERP systems and how it offers something unique and is integrated into them