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Pragmatic Thinking and Learning: Refactor Your Wetware by Mind Map: Pragmatic Thinking and Learning: Refactor Your Wetware
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Pragmatic Thinking and Learning: Refactor Your Wetware

Take notes

Chinese proverb is correct

Start and Maintain an engineer's log of notes

Put a marker next to older entries any time you have to go back and use it

Store thoughts and notes in a wiki

Consider the Context

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe. - John Muir

R Brain


Pair programming

Morning Pages

Try different things

Engaging It

Solving Tough Problems

Focus on a (sub)problem desired to solve

Change your viewpoint

Define your argument

Let thoughts marinate

Set SMART Objectives


To Reach Goals

Read Deliberately

Write down initial questions that you expect the book to answer

Reread and recite parts


Practice Meditation to gain focus 24x7

Stay in Context

First Steps Check List

Start taking responsibility; don’t be afraid to ask “why?” or “how do you know?” or “how do I know?” or to answer “I don’t know—yet.”

Pick two things that will help you maintain context and avoid interruption, and start doing them right away.

Create a Pragmatic Investment Plan, and set up SMART goals.

Figure out where you are on the novice-to-expert spectrum in your chosen profession and what you might need to progress. Be honest. Do you need more recipes or more context? More rules or more intuition?

Practice. Having trouble with a piece of code? Write it five different ways

Plan on making more mistakes—mistakes are good. Learn from them.

Keep a notebook on you (unlined paper, preferably). Doodle. Mind map. Take notes. Keep your thoughts loose and flowing.

Open up your mind to aesthetics and additional sensory input. Whether it’s your cubicle, your desktop, or your code, pay attention to how “pleasing” it is.

Start your personal wiki on things you find interesting.

Start blogging. Comment on the books you’ve read.

Read more books, and you’ll have more to write about. Use SQ3R and mind maps.

Make thoughtful walking a part of your day.

Get a second monitor, and start using a virtual desktop.

Five Dreyfus Model Stages


Advanced Beginners