Clarifying Definitions

thesis (noun): 1. a statement or theory that is put forward as a premise to be maintained or proved: his central thesis is that psychological life is not part of the material world. 2. a long essay or dissertation involving personal research, written by a candidate for a college degree: a doctoral thesis (New Oxford American Dictionary).

dissertation (noun): a long essay on a particular subject, esp. one written as a requirement for the Doctor of Philosophy degree (New Oxford American Dictionary).

So what I’m writing is not actually a thesis, I’m writing a dissertation that is about my thesis. It is, as I thought, quite a challenging thing to write. Writing my honours dissertation was rather challenging, but my PhD dissertation is proving to be a lot more challenging.

In trying to go Agile, I’ve encountered my first mistakes: trying to do too much in one iteration. In writing agile style I wanted to produce early versions for feedback. This hasn’t happened this week so far but there is still two days left in the week.

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