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A primer on real-world problem solving for the rest of us

About the Book

Learn how deal with real-world problems. Build and test solutions from scratch, do and evaluate self-guided research online, and so much more. Start small and gain experience as you grow along with the systems you build.

The GRIT approach guides the way. These are the four steps that get repeated until the system is complete: goal, research, implementation, test. Instill the problem solving mindset within yourself, allowing you to be ready for anything that gets thrown your way.

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Bjorn Millecam
Bjorn Millecam

Bjorn lives in Belgium and is currently a DevOps engineer. He likes to explore fictional universes. Of particular interest is immersion and flow in games.

On a more technical note: Bjorn prefers gradual change, like fixing bugs and updating documentation, over starting from scratch. The non-capitalized agile approach, if you will. He derives great pleasure from speeding up applications, especially if the end users share his appreciation for the improvements.

After graduating from university, he worked for companies of various sizes, both in the private sector and in government. He developed device management software for networked video walls and custom tools for end-to-end processing of large amounts of geographical data. Such experiences fueled his desire to shrink the gaps between tech and business, and the one between formal education and the real world.

When forced to choose, he'd pick chocolate over beer. Or waffles. Everyone likes waffles. Right?

Table of Contents

    • Introduction
      • Context
      • History
      • Basic principles
      • Quick overview
      • On education
      • On getting started
    • Preparatory phase
      • Shared terms and definitions
      • Thinking and taking notes
    • Iterative phase
      • Pick the next goal
      • Apply GRIT
    • Retrospective phase
    • Appendices
      • Components versus systems
      • Examples
      • Task lifecycle
      • Implementation task specifics
      • Why is X missing?
      • The end

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