I thought I'd follow Gemma's example and write down the set of short-term goals, I'd need to converge to a PhD.

So here goes:

1) Get code working for multiple composition types

2) Extend literature survey on self-adaptive services to qualify for a journal

#1. Write JouRNAL pAPer!!

3) Work on mathematical model for CDA-based adaptation

4) Write a qualitative review of CDA-based self-adaptation {contrast with other forms, perhaps}

5) Implement gossip algorithm for communication

#2. Write another paper - perhaps conference, perhaps journal

#3. Start writing thesis

6) thesis - Get literature review down

7) thesis - Description of CDA-based adaptation, design decisions

8) thesis - Evaluating this CDA-based adaptation

9) thesis - Introduction to thesis