Monday, September 01, 2014

The Scientific Method of Troubleshooting

Notes from the presentation by Blithe Rocher.

Set of Techniques for Acquiring Knowledge.

1. Define the Problem
Expected behavior
Actual behavior
Criteria for success

2. Do Your Research
Know your environment
Read the literature
Make it fail

3. Establish a Hypothesis
4. Design the Experiment
Divide and conquer
Limit the variables
Try something weird
Hierarchy of Blame

4. Gather Data
Current status
Read the error message

5. Analyze Your Results
 Problem Solved?
Learn anything?
Understand the Why
Future Experiments
Embrace the Success

6. Keep a Good Lab Notebook
You won't remember
Logs aren't enough
Commit messages
Update the docs
Blog it
Share the knowledge