Pragmatic Thinking and Learning : Refactor Your 'Wetware'

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  • Copyright: 2008-09-01
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Software development happens in your head. Not in an editor, IDE, or design tool. You're well educated on how to work with software and hardware, but what aboutwetware--our own brains? Learning new skills and new technology is critical to your career, and it's all in your head. In this book by Andy Hunt, you'll learn how our brains are wired, and how to take advantage of your brain's architecture. You'll learn new tricks and tips to learn more, faster, and retain more of what you learn. You need a pragmatic approach to thinking and learning. You need toRefactor Your Wetware. Programmers have to learn constantly; not just the stereotypical new technologies, but also the problem domain of the application, the whims of the user community, the quirks of your teammates, the shifting sands of the industry, and the evolving characteristics of the project itself as it is built. We'll journey together through bits of cognitive and neuroscience, learning and behavioral theory. You'll see some surprising aspects of how our brains work, and how you can take advantage of the system to improve your own learning and thinking skills.In this book you'll learn how to: Use the Dreyfus Model of Skill Acquisition to become more expert Leverage the architecture of the brain to strengthen different thinking modes Avoid common "known bugs" in your mind Learn more deliberately and more effectively Manage knowledge more efficiently

Author Biography

Andy Hunt is a programmer turned consultant, author and publisher. He co-authored the best-selling book "The Pragmatic Programmer," was one of the 17 founders of the Agile Alliance, and co-founded the Pragmatic Bookshelf, publishing award-winning and critically acclaimed books for software developers.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Again with the "Pragmatic"?p. 4
Consider the Contextp. 5
Everyone Is Talking About This Stuffp. 6
Where We're Goingp. 7
Grateful Acknowledgmentsp. 11
Journey from Novice to Expertp. 13
Novices vs. Expertsp. 15
The Five Dreyfus Model Stagesp. 17
Dreyfus at Work: Herding Racehorses and Racing Sheepp. 25
Using the Dreyfus Model Effectivelyp. 31
Beware the Tool Trapp. 38
Consider the Context, Againp. 41
Day-to-Day Dreyfusp. 43
This Is Your Brainp. 45
Your Dual-CPU Modesp. 46
Capture Insight 24x7p. 51
Linear and Rich Characteristicsp. 55
Rise of the R-modep. 63
R-mode Sees Forest; L-mode Sees Treesp. 68
DIY Brain Surgery and Neuroplasticityp. 70
How Do You Get There?p. 71
Get in Your Right Mindp. 73
Turn Up the Sensory Inputp. 73
Draw on the Right Sidep. 75
Engage an R-mode to L-mode Flowp. 80
Harvest R-mode Cuesp. 92
Harvesting Patternsp. 102
Get It Rightp. 110
Debug Your Mindp. 113
Meet Your Cognitive Biasesp. 115
Recognize Your Generational Affinityp. 123
Codifying Your Personality Tendenciesp. 133
Exposing Hardware Bugsp. 136
Now I Don't Know What to Thinkp. 140
Learn Deliberatelyp. 145
What Learning Is...and Isn'tp. 145
Target SMART Objectivesp. 149
Create a Pragmatic Investment Planp. 154
Use Your Primary Learning Modep. 158
Work Together, Study Togetherp. 164
Use Enhanced Learning Techniquesp. 166
Read Deliberately with SQ3Rp. 167
Visualize Insight with Mind Mapsp. 171
Harness the Real Power of Documentingp. 178
Learn by Teachingp. 180
Take It to the Streetsp. 182
Gain Experiencep. 183
Play in Order to Learnp. 183
Leverage Existing Knowledgep. 187
Embed Failing in Practicep. 189
Learn About the Inner Gamep. 193
Pressure Kills Cognitionp. 198
Imagination Overrides Sensesp. 202
Learn It like an Expertp. 206
Manage Focusp. 209
Increase Focus and Attentionp. 210
Defocus to Focusp. 216
Manage Your Knowledgep. 219
Optimize Your Current Contextp. 226
Manage Interruptions Deliberatelyp. 232
Keep a Big Enough Contextp. 239
How to Stay Sharpp. 243
Beyond Expertisep. 245
Effective Changep. 245
What to Do Tomorrow Morningp. 247
Beyond Expertisep. 248
Photo Creditsp. 253
Bibliographyp. 255
Indexp. 265
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