You should not also underestimate the power of writing itself….You can lose your larger sense of purpose. But writing lets you step back and think through a problem. Even the angriest rant forces the writer to achieve a degree of thoughtfulness.
—Atul Gawande, Better
This pattern grabbed my attention. It looks interesting, as most of the patterns in this book. Apprenticeship Patterns is a book that in a way, teaches and gives more lessons on how to be a good software developer. In relation to the title, we are also every day recording what we are learning, not only by writing the blog posts of this special book, but even in all the sprints, we are working on GitLab, by solving different issues. All this time we are recording what we are learning.
When I started my studies here in the US, the first thing I faced that was totally unknown to me was the way of teaching and how the class organization works. Firstly, it looked like something I won’t learn, but at the same time, I was trying to fit in with everything. After some lessons, I understood that the professors here try to help with learning, based on different methods of teaching and sharing the materials for the students and making those materials understandable in different ways. The first thing I noticed, was the organization of the class into groups, after that, I remember last fall in software process management we worked on some cards, by using Flowban (Kanban Simulation). Another thing was the blog posts using WordPress, and the last one is the sprints we are working on Software Dev Capstone, as I mentioned before.
The flow ban cards for me were unfamiliar. It was something we were only learning in class, but at the same time, we tried to work for them. Then I understood that we needed for our future job on the companies we will be working on and that its role was to help the teams identify bottlenecks in a workflow process of work. Later on, regarding blog posts, I understood that their role was in one way to make us record better what we are learning during all classes. And also last but not least is the Capstone class that prepares us for our future job. During this sprint, we are working on a software project and learning how to manage it by sharing areas it works in companies.
Atul at this pattern gives some different solutions on how to record while we are learning. But the one I apply for is having my own private records. Perhaps writing everything in my own notebook is something I used to have since I have studied in my country. But it is something that helps me express more what I think than writing on the computer. And I think a notebook will always be the only secure resource, where I can record what I am learning.