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The devil is in the details

What determines the matter of detail?

Some people get totaly bananas in a discussion about the definition or abstration of a process or activity.

If you ask a lawyer for the definition of a process, then you’ve got a different outcome as when you ask a microbiologist.


Take a short cycle process like peeling shrimp and ask a mother from Volendam what the activities are, she probably shows you a hand gesture and that’s it. By the time she finished the explanation, she has probably peeled 5 shrimp already.

But suppose those mothers haven’t got the time for peeling shrimp because they are to busy supporting their children in their singing career, then it’s time to develop a shrimp peel robot.

To design a robot you need to define the individual steps and make it dumb enough for a machine to comprehend.

  1. Boil. Believe it or not but you’re doing the shrimp a pleasure.
  2. Fixate
  3. Rotate
  4. Pull
  5. Separate

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This is a blog by Wim Mulders, 1960, The Netherlands. I’m writing from a 30-year background in process and information design. In my day time, I’m working as an Enterprise Content Management consultant for Atos with more than 10 years of experience in Microsoft/ Office 365 and SharePoint. I write a lot of material over there but on my own site I don’t need to be “diplomatic” and according to company standards. That’s why I use this site. To write my own message, in my own style.

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