Downhill skiiing on the learning curve

I find myself writing “The underlying idea is that the platform pushes you up the learning curve in an optimal direction” and this seems to warrant more explanation.

On a large platform such as OpenStack, it is not so much a learning curve as a fractal landscape for exploration. There are some sensible and well-documented routes where most people will travel. You have a starting point, and hopefully a “You Are Here” indicator. You have a destination, or hopefully at least an idea of your initial direction.

Traditional approaches to documentation include

The learning curve is often presented as a monotonic ascending curve, often with increasing gradient, like y = x*x but who says it has to be a one-dimensional uphill struggle?

I find the learning landscape is more fun, and I make better progress across it, when