Decision making in the software design: introduction to the theory of decisions

Recently I was invited to apply for the PhD project ‘Decision making in the software design process’ at the Eindhoven University of Technology. And so I did.

My application must have been accepted with some interest, obviously. Soon after the application I’ve got a phone call from Eindhoven. We’d set up a Skype call. I think I did it reasonably well, did put some effort in preparing for it. My first, let’s call it a serious preparation for a job interview. What did I do? I called several of my colleagues to request for a test interview, published it on my LinkedIn profile and my Facebook page and eventually conducted seven test interviews. All of them were more than helpful. Even to a degree I could have never imagined. I’d also gotten a written recommendation from a best friend that is a PhD researcher in medicine. And I’ve got in contact with an Associate Professor from Economic Faculty, Ljubljana University that I still don’t know in person, who wrote me two pages of recommendations for the interview, possible questions… All in all, I believe it was a smart move to think it over and did the possible option for me on how to be prepared in the best possible way for the interview.

But, the Skype interview was just the first round. It remains to be seen if I’ll be invited to the second round for a personal interview. In the meantime, two things happened. I bought a book Alan Turing: Enigma who is considered to be the father of the software. And on Goodreads I found a list of books on the decision theory. It has only ten books, but what a surprise, I’ve read already three of them.

So, in order to prepare for the possible second round of interview; I’ll write my reviews of the The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable and Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb and that of Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman.

Marko Savić
I’m exploring & researching the inter-dependence of the business model innovation with design thinking. You may wish to hire me as a Business Design Coach or Senior Lecturer in Design Management or as a Key-Note Speaker at your next event.