Are we wasting time in RDM ??
What a successful week. Our group achieved a lot and it has become very clear how important the decision-making process is. I was never aware of the significance of making decision and especially the bias we have and definitely should consider. You can see it in every decision and sometimes the sort of bias is really stupid, or maybe it is not? Sometimes we make decisions just on the spot, because we want to have that sorted. We do not think that this decision is from high significance and other things are a lot more important, is it ok to do that? Picking quite a tender point, I would like to refer to the in-module work we have to do. Making some quick calculations shows that the impact of that project is really low regarding the whole master's degree:
50%: 0.28 %
60%: 0.33 %
70%: 0.38 %
leads to the corresponding value for the overall mark. The biggest difference in impact is 0.1% on the overall mark. Taking the 80/20 Pareto rule into account leads me to the assumption that the last 20% of marks will cost me 80% of the time. Surely this is thought through quite simply. But I think some people know where I am coming from. So the question is, if we are maybe wasting a lot of time while trying to score high in the presentation. Would it not be a lot better to use that time for the dissertation instead? Looking at this really rational, the answer would be probably yes. BUT as we have learnt this is not the way it works. Crucial is the question what we want. If you are aiming for a distinction and you will take the most out of that you definitely should do it as good as possible. Otherwise it may be alright to just get it done to a certain level and invest the time into the project or PMAs. Again that is a decision everyone has to do on its own and this decision is depending on bias and the personal preferences. So we could not make that decision without bias…?!