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Life with a Thesis #13: Draft of Chapter 1 Approved

It has been a month that I didn’t update a blog about my thesis. Last time was on 9/11. This must be a coincident that I always get number 13 in my special event. This blog I’d like to write about my first accomplishment in my work. Vandana passed a draft of chapter 1 on Monday (Oct 8). I and my colleagues, who are working in the same meeting group, started writing the draft of chapter 1 around mid August. We’re supposed to finish it and have it cirulate among us by the end of September. We all were late. And I didn’t like that. I rewrote it for 3 times (I noticed that the approved version was v1.8) and everytime I completely changed background, beneficiary groups. I changed entire logics to write support details. And that took a lot of time.
 
However, she let me pass on Oct 8. I remembered I was overwhelmed by satisfaction and hope in my work. Prior to that, I was very desperate and started to question about my ability. My future of completing my degree was shaken. I was afraid that I would not graduate according to my plan (in fact, I’m still behind the schedule.)
 
This process of writing is not all bad. At the matter of fact, it’s a process of thinking. You train yourself in thinking. You have to solidly, logically formulate your idea. All are linked together from the first paragraph to the last one. In each paragraph, you have to transfer and link your ideas. They must be logically connected. After I read Vandana’s work, I realized that why she pushed us so hard on this. Chapter 1 is very important. By reading it, audience have overall idea what the thesis is about. It’s like you can go through someone’s work, which one took half year in our cases or 4 or 5 years in PhD to complete it, in few pages.
 
After having finished chapter 1, you’re supposed to be able to be rigid in your thought. You know what you’re going to do. You have paved a way to the finish. You have set all the goal and objectives as your target. When you seem lost just walk towards your setting goal and objectives.
 
It’s always worth to work hard and enjoy products of your labour. Yet, don’t forget to enjoy your attempts you put along the way before you achieve your goal. Your attempt is more important.
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Life with a Thesis #12

ขอเขียนถึง thesis ตัวเองหน่อย มันเกิดอะไรขึ้นในชิวิตชั้นเนี่ย ส่ง draft of chapter 1 มาสองรอบแล้วยังคงต้องแก้กันต่อไป เนื้อหาข้างในยังไม่นิ่ง แล้วแบบนี้เมื่อไหร่ตูจะได้เริ่ม programming วะเนี่ย มันจะเลทเอา หนูอยากขยับขยายทำอะไรกับชีวิตหนูซะที ตอนแรกก็เฝ้าบอกตัวเองว่าพอพ้นเดือนสิงหาอะไรๆ ก็จะชัดเจนแล้ว นี่ล่อเข้าไปกลางเดือนกันยาแล้วยังนั่งแก้ proposal อยู่เลย ไอเดียก็ยังไม่นิ่ง เซ็งๆๆๆๆๆ เครียดๆๆๆๆๆ
ก็มีคนบอกว่าไม่เห็นต้องรีบหนิ ก็จริงแต่มันก็ไม่น่าช้าอย่างไร้เหตุผลจริงมั้ย แล้วมันก็ไม่ได้มีแต่ข้อเสีย ถ้าจะมองหาข้อดีมันก็มี มีคนดูงานให้ละเอียดขนาดนี้ ไม่ได้หาได้ง่ายๆ ก็จริงอีก เพื่องานคุณภาพก็ต้องทุ่มทุนสร้างกันหน่อย จะได้เอาไว้เป็นหน้าเป็นตา แต่ว่ามันไม่ได้มากเกินไปใช่มั้ยเนี่ย ตอนนี้คือประมาณว่างานนี้จะถูกนำไปใช้เป็นตัวอย่างให้กับนักเรียนรุ่นต่อๆไป ทำอย่างกับตั้งบรรทัดฐานของสังคมยังไงยังงั้นเลย คิดแล้วก็เท่ดี จะมีชื่อเราโผล่ไปยังนักเรียนรุ่นหลังๆ แต่แหมกว่าการที่จะได้มาซึ่งไอ้งานตัวอย่างนี่มันช่างยากเย็นจริงๆ คือจริงๆ วันนี้น่ะเรื่อง logic น่ะเริ่มโอเคแล้ว แต่ context นี่สิเรียกว่ายังไม่โดน เลยต้องมานั่งแก้
ไอ้ที่ตั้งใจว่าจะใช้ agile development เนี่ย คงต้องรีบลงมือทำซะแล้ว ไม่งั้นยิ่งนานไปมันจะยิ่งสกปรก ก็เล่นส่งงานทีโดนแก้ที แบบนี้ก็ต้องเล่น small iteration, frequent release นี่แหละ เพราะจากสถิตินะ นั่งเขียนหนึ่งสัปดาห์กับนั่งเขียนอยู่หนึ่งวัน ไม่ได้ต่างกันเลย คือเขียนเสร็จส่วนหลักๆ ตั้งแต่วันแรกแล้ว อีกสี่วันที่เหลือปรุงแต่น้ำจิ้มแล้วสุดท้ายก็ไม่ได้ช่วยให้ได้รสชาติที่ดีขึ้นเท่าไหร่ ดังนั้นเสิร์ฟไปเลยดีกว่า เพราะถ้าปล่อยให้ลูกค้าหิวจนหงุดหงิดนี่เค้าจะพาลออกจากร้านเอา
มีเวลาอีกสามสัปดาห์ที่จะต้องทำให้ผ่านมาตรฐานการเป็นต้นแบบ หลังจากนั้นมีเวลาอีกหนึ่งเดือนที่จะทำส่วน programming ให้เสร็จ จากนั้นมีเวลาอีกหนึ่งเดือนที่จะทำให้รายงาน 15,000 คำ เสร็จสมบูรณ์ ตอนนี้ค่อยดูสมเหตุสมผลหน่อย ก่อนหน้านี้ตกใจหมดเลยนึกว่าทั้งรายงานมีแค่ 1,050 คำ ยากนะนั่น
 
What’s wrong with my writing of chapter 1? It’s just a draft but I have had correct it once. After today’s meeting, I have to do it one more time. The problem is I began to worry about my schedule and coding. First I told myself I could decide on many things after August. Now it’s already mid of September and I still keep asking myself the same question.
Someone told me I didn’t need to hurry. That’s true but it should be reasonably slow. Try to look on a bright side, it’s good if I can get good advice from good advisor. It seems other teachers in the department they don’t care much about their students. So to gain more, you also need to do more. The whole point that my supervisor put her students so hard on this because she’s building standard of master thesis for SYSLAB. So my work could be part of a reference that coming students can refer to (I used could because only if I can meet the standard). In fact, it’s not that bad, my logic was OK, but not the context.
So, what I think to use agile development in doing my thesis. I should start it now. Otherwise, waste will be over my work because every time I have to correct my work after submitting it. I have to employ "small iteration" and ‘frequent release." From statistic data, one-week writing yielded pretty the same result as one-day writing. It took me one day to finish the main part and it took me another four days to decorate my work. In the end, I cound’t even notice improvement on my work.
I have another 3 weeks to make my chapter 1 meet the standard requirements. One month later, I have to finish my programming. One month after that, I have to finish 15,000 word report. At first I thought the final thesis only contained 1,050 words. Now it makes sense. 1,050 words could be difficult.

Life with a Thesis #11: Stuck Again

Two day with formulation of a problem statement in 50-word long. Next section is problem discussion in 100-word long and I’m stuck again. I asked myself, "what would I like to discuss with my thesis fellows?" There is an answer for that: generality, originality, usefulness, and feasibility. Then what? What’s about those qualities. I don’t know.
 
(I think I’m discussing my problem.) 

Life with a Thesis #10: What is My Problem?

I guessed I finished a section of background in 150 words yesterday, the next section is problem. Then what is my thesis problem? My problem is I don’t know what my problem statement is, I guess.  

Life with a Thesis #9: My Nonsense

Just back from having dinner with friends in Kista and I’m behind schedule. I supposed to have the background section ready by today but I only have half of it. And I just wonder in a lot of research papers that I’m reading. Most of them are more than 5 page long. I have to have the background section within 150 words. Now, I have about 20 papers. What are in those papers? Do they contain any quality? Then why can I put 20 papers in 150 words (-"-).

Life with a Thesis #8: Design Science in IS Research

One part of succeed in my life is I have a good mentor and I always have at least one in every place I go. This time is not different. I’m doing my thesis and I have a good supervisor. She gave me a bunch of papers for which I’ve never thought of looking. They are good papers which I would like to share with my classmates who are working in the same area of research.

 

The papers give an idea of how to do research in information systems. The following information was taken from

 

[1] Hevner et al. 2004. MIS Quarterly. Design Science in Information Systems Research.

[2] Peffers et al. 2006. DESRIST 2006. The Design Science Research Process: A Model for Producing and Presenting Information Systems Research

 

In work of Hevner et al. 2004. It talked about two indispensable and inseparable paradigms that were used when conducting IS research: behavioral science and design science.

 

The behavioral science paradigm has its roots in natural science research methods. It seeks to develop and verify theories that explain or predict human or organizational behavior. While the design-science paradigm has its roots in engineering and the sciences of the artificial. It seeks to extend the boundaries of human and organizational capabilities by creating new and innovative artifacts which are broadly defined as constructs (language for defining and communicating problems and solutions), models (using constructs to represent a real world situation), methods (guidance on how to solve problems), and instantiations (showing that constructs, models, or methods can be implemented in a working system.)

 

Behavioral science addresses research through the development and justification of theories that explain or predict phenomena related to the identified business needs (the problem domain) which are defined from people, business (organizations), and technologies inside an organization. Design science addresses research through the building and evaluation of artifacts designed to meet the identified business needs. The goal of behavioral science research is truth. The goal of design science research is utility. Truth informs design and utility informs theory.

 

Then in work of Peffers et al. 2006. It provided a process for design science research in IS. An approach that was used in the paper to represent the process is also interesting. It’s the same technique called reification that is used in RDF. It is a technique to repeatedly represent itself. A nominal process goes like this:

 

Problem identification & motivation. Define problem. Show importance.

Objectives of a solution. What would a better artifact accomplish?

Design & development. Artifact

Demonstration. Find suitable context. Use artifact to solve problem.

Evaluation. Observe how effective, efficient. Iterate back to design.

Communication. Scholarly publications. Professional publications.

 

By following this model, there are four possible entry points.

Entry point 1: problem centered approach. Enter at step 1.

Entry point 2: objective centered solution. Enter at step 2.

Entry point 3: design & development centered approach. Enter at step 3.

Entry point 4: observing a solution. Enter at step 4.

 

This is not adaptable to IS research but could be use with any domain of a purposeful problem solving. First we need to understand the nature of problem to clearly define it. Then we need a process to create a solution to solve the problem. After that we need to evaluate how effective or efficient of the solution is. Design of solution and evaluation is an iterative process. After we have a solution, we need to test and evaluate, then back to improve the solution and retest and re-evaluate. Hence, we should not be able to be jobless.

Life with a Thesis #7: A Missing Plan

There’s a shortcoming of not having a detail plan. I met my supervisor two days ago and sold all what I’d been working over summer holiday. After that she gave me a couple of new milestones and I’m in a mess again. I can’t start on my work until I’ve convinced myself to be busy. So, after the meeting I visited my Thai friends living in Kista Galleria, we had dinner and long-hour chit chat untill midnight (that’s part of my plan.) I woke up a little late next morning. I missed my morning schedule then I messed up the rest of the day (I supposed to finish reading two papers from my supervisors that day, I finished one.) This morning, I still don’t know what to do, I go blank.