Category: Book Notes

  • [Beyond Boredom & Anxiety] Intrinsic Motivation and Enjoyment

    [Beyond Boredom & Anxiety] Intrinsic Motivation and Enjoyment

    Disclaimer: This is my attempt to read the book Beyond Boredom and Anxiety, I am but an interpreter of these ideas. Intrinsic motivation produces enjoyment which leads to productivity Most theories of human motivation depend on a “deficit theory”, which essentially says that all activities and engagement can be reduced to satisfaction of basic needs. With Freud, […]

  • The Five-stage Model of Adult Skill Acquisition

    The Five-stage Model of Adult Skill Acquisition

    Stage 1: Novice During this stage, the novice learns to recognize objective facts and features relevant to the skill. He also learns rules for determining actions based on these facts and features. Elements and rules of behaviors of a particular situation are clearly and objectively defined so they are “context-free”. The manipulation of unambiguously defined context-free elements by precise […]

  • [Beyond boredom and anxiety] Consequences of management based on external motivations

    [Beyond boredom and anxiety] Consequences of management based on external motivations

    Disclaimer: This is an idea from Beyond Boredom and Anxiety, Management based on external motivations assume that people are only motivated by external pressures and factors The management of behavior as frequently practiced is based on the assumption that humans are only motivated by external pressures and factors. From young ages, children are taught by […]

  • [Person & Situation] The Problem of Effect Size

    [Person & Situation] The Problem of Effect Size

    Note: This is my attempt to read the book Person and Situation. I am but an interpreter of these ideas. In statistics, an effect size is a quantitative measure of the magnitude of a phenomenon. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effect_size So there are three criteria to define an Effect size, that would affect how we categorize an effect as important or […]

  • [Code Simplicity] Equation of Software Design

    [Code Simplicity] Equation of Software Design

    Disclaimer: This is my attempt to read the book Code Simplicity, I am not the author of these ideas, only an interpreter The fundamental problem in software design is the question: How do I make decisions about my software ? More specifically, faced with multiple possibilities, we must decide on a course of action. That […]

  • [Crucial Conversations] Get back to the Brain

    [Crucial Conversations] Get back to the Brain

    Start with the Heart, then make your Brain think about multiple constaints

  • [Code Simplicity] Software Design

    [Code Simplicity] Software Design

    Code Simplicity – The Fundamentals of Software What is a computer program ? A computer program can be viewed as: A set of instructions given by the programmer to the computer. A set of actions observed by the users that the computer produces as the result of the given instructions Both definitions are correct and […]

  • [Crucial Conversations] Start With The Heart

    [Crucial Conversations] Start With The Heart

    So we all know that, in order to handle crucial conversations, we should focus on having a dialogue. But the question is how ? The first advice the book gives is: Start with the Heart. When I first read this advice, it seems generic. What heart ? Whose heart ? Doesn’t sound informative. We are […]

  • [Crucial Conversations] Dialogues and Shared Pool of Meaning

    [Crucial Conversations] Dialogues and Shared Pool of Meaning

    Crucial Conversations & Shared Pool of Meaning

  • [Crucial Conversations] People often attribute break-ups to differences of opinions

    I am reading Kerry Patterson et. al’s book called Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High . This will be a series of notes on this book where I jot down my thoughts. Crucial conversation is defined as a conversation where: opinions vary Stakes are high Emotions run strongly Most couples, when asked […]