lect15_S07 - Technical Lecture 15 Superiority Winning Pop...

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T echnical Superiority ± Winning Engineering 100 J. Daida Lecture 15 Standard Disclaimer: These lecture notes are provided as a SERVICE to you to help you study for this class. At no time are we obligated to provide notes for every lecture. Understand that these notes are NOT a replacement for either coming to lecture or for the class readings. Indeed, these notes represent only a PARTIAL SET, which means it's up to you to attend class (or to find someone else's notes) to fill in the SUBSTANTIAL fraction of the lecture that has been left out of these notes. Indeed, these notes may represent only a draft and may be based on last term's lectures (which may or may not be repeated in their entirety for this term.) If it turns out that attendance to the class drops below 80%, we reserve the right to reduce the amount of content in these notes. If it turns out that attendance to the class drops below 80%, we also reserve the right to discontinue the distribution of these notes either before or after lecture. Copyright: © 2007, Jason M Daida. All Rights Reserved. Pop “Quiz” Who said the following and in what context? “Winning is not always the barometer of getting better.” Preview Background Performance evaluations Being a star performer Counterpoint Conclusions Being a participant in a nonlinear system gives one a unique opportunity… In such a system, even the small can make a tremendous difference… Background Technical Superiority ± Winning – To understand this, we take a look back at previous lectures We have been examining complex systems – Many engineered systems are complex – Human systems that produce that which is engineered are also complex – Simulations can model and capture complex phenomena – Many systems are generally involved in the making of an informal learning spaces Background Complex systems like these are generally nonlinear LINEAR F(ax + by) = F(ax) + F(by) = aF(x) + bF(y) NONLINEAR G(ax + by) ± G(ax) + G(by) ± aG(x) + bG(y) Background Such dramatic (negative) changes can occur even if, say, 99% of a system is “technologically superior” So we say that “Technological Superiority ± Winning”
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Background However, all is not lost… – Mediocrity ± winning, either Background However, all is not lost… – Mediocrity ± winning, either Small changes in complex systems can result in dramatic changes sometimes for the better – Engineering “pivot points” Background Knowledge of “pivot points” requires systems thinking in engineering – Systems thinking is the realization, identification, and manipulation of key interrelationships that influence behavior over time Background The “pivot points” addressed in this lecture are… – Hint: “We have met the enemy and he is us.” In a sense, this course is about engineering ourselves so that we don’t become our worst enemy… Performance Evaluations What it will show – How you saw your performance
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