Re: About that learning curve

Subject: Re: About that learning curve
From: Kelly Hoffman <kelly -at- NASHUA -dot- HP -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 2 Sep 1994 09:37:04 -0400

Fred M Jacobson <fred -at- BOOLE -dot- COM> writes about steep learning curves:

> This reminded me that a thinking colleague asked me a few week ago
> how the learning curve is plotted. If it's like this:
> | /
> | /
> knowledge | /
> | /
> |/
> |_______
> time
> a "steep" learning curve implies learning a lot in a short time -
> _not_ what this expression usually means.

Actually, I think that's *exactly* what it means.

You have a short time to learn something (in order to be productive at
a new job, for example), and the amount of knowledge you have learn in
that time is huge. Hence, the graph above. As a result, you have a
lot of hard work to do in that short time in order to climb that steep

Would you rather climb a hillside like the one above, or this one?
(within the limits of ASCII graphics ;-)

knowledge | ___


Kelly K. Hoffman kelly -at- nashua -dot- hp -dot- com
Learning Products Engineer
Hewlett-Packard, Network Test Division "Reading the manual is
One Tara Blvd., Nashua, NH 03062 admitting defeat."

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