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  • For the ICSMPreDoc Symposium, Sept 2010
  • Agile and iterative development applies to Research too- Start with low-hanging fruit- Keep notes!- Depth or Breadth?- PhD must show depth, but you will need depth after- Cannot start with depth- Proceed iteratively to map out your topic
  • - See what has been done- Where do you fit?- Where are the holes?- What is in scope or out of scope? Maintain an *agenda* of topics to work on; switch to avoid exhaustion
  • - "Creative thinking is a skill; it is not a matter of individual talent"- Break out of set patterns- Brainstorming- Po- Random input- Explore "wrong" and "childish" ideasSee De Bono
  • - might have to build itDon't waste time in the wrong community!
  • - Start writing early- Avoid "least" publishable unit- Upgrade work as it proceeds (workshop -> conference -> journal)- Always have (at least) one paper in the pipeline- PhD as "junk sculpture"
  • - Writing is packaging- Tell a story; But don't try to build suspense- Say what you're going to say - Then say it; then say what you said- The reviewer is your audience! (Don't be boring!)- Be complete while focussing on *one* key point- Don't say too much or too little- Be clear about the contribution!Ingredients: problem is real and interesting; contribution is novel
  • - Be interestingYour audience is the reviewer!
  • - Aim for impact; pay attention to tenure- Select well your publication venues- Quality varies!- TR/workshop/conference/journal- Don't ignore journalsBe careful with workshops; can be good for community building, but can also be dead ends
  • - make use of colleagues for internal reviews!- Look for good co-authors- Don't be afraid of losing intellectual property
  • - Web presence- Have all your publications on-line!- ReviewingPCs etc
  • - Problem too tough (reset goals; switch topic)- Wanderlust (needs crisis)- Impatience (slow down!)- Perfectionism (needs deadline)No progress (need checkpoints)
  • - There is a fine art to procrastination- Time-sharing for effective time managementBe careful with teaching and other duties
  • Successfulresearch 100915022614-phpapp01

    1. 1. Building a Successful Research Program<br />Oscar Nierstrasz<br /><br />ICSM PhD Symposium, Sept 13, 2010<br />
    2. 2. PhD Research Patterns<br />The Research Plan<br />Publishing<br />Focus<br />
    3. 3. The Research Plan<br />Be Problem-Oriented<br />Use a Spiral Research Model<br />Make a Research Map<br />Exercise Lateral Thinking<br />Identify your Research Community<br />
    4. 4. Be Problem-Oriented!<br />Avoid being “solution-oriented”<br />Look for research at the border of two fields<br />
    5. 5. Use a Spiral Research Model<br />Agile and iterative applies to research too!<br />Start with low-hanging fruit<br />Keep notes!<br />
    6. 6. Make a Research Map<br />
    7. 7. Exercise Thinking<br />Lateral <br />
    8. 8. Identify your Research Community<br />
    9. 9. Publishing<br />Write “One paper at a time”<br />Package your Research<br />Aim high<br />Include One Startling Sentence<br />The Reviewer is your Friend<br />
    10. 10. Write “One paper at a time”<br />Take baby steps<br />PhD as “junk sculpture”<br />
    11. 11. Package your Research<br /><ul><li>Say what you’re going to say …
    12. 12. One key point
    13. 13. Emphasize the contribution
    14. 14. Write for the reviewer</li></li></ul><li>Include One Startling Sentence<br />
    15. 15. Aim high<br />
    16. 16. The Reviewer is your Friend<br />
    17. 17. Focus<br />Beware of Distractions<br />Be Visible<br />Avoid Common Pitfalls<br />
    18. 18. Be Visible<br />
    19. 19. Avoid Common Pitfalls<br /><ul><li>Tough nut
    20. 20. Wanderlust
    21. 21. Impatience
    22. 22. The perfectionist
    23. 23. No progress</li></li></ul><li>Procastination<br />Hard work often pays off over time,<br />But laziness always pays off now<br />Beware of Distractions<br />