What determines the matter of detail?

Some people get totally bananas in a discussion about the definition or abstraction of a process or activity.

If I’m caught parking illegally or driving too fast and I get home, I reluctantly tell my wife: I have a lawsuit process.

If you ask an exercise physiologist what a process is, he may start talking about the citric acid cycle.

A lawyer has another perception to the word and there may be more professions that each have their own perception of the word process.


If you prefer to discuss context? Be my guest.

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 too busy supporting their children in their singing career, then it’s time to develop a shrimp peeling 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 great pleasure.
  2. Peel
    1. Fixate
    2. Rotate
    3. Pull
    4. Separate
  3. Sort