There is a plaque on my wall that has been on every single office wall I’ve had for the past 27 years. It isn’t that I feel the certifications were critical. It is just that they were the very first technology-based certifications I ever got. So I keep the IBM plaque they gave me for completing a bunch of IBM certifications. The funny thing is I have two more, that I never got the little plates for because IBM stopped giving out the plates after roughly 1991 or so. I got two more for Lotus Notes administration, but those were from a different IBM.
That got me thinking, about the value of an expert. In particular, the value of someone that knows the bits and bytes at a level that is critical yet isn’t the only way to solve the problem. I see so many technical problems that could have been solved by talking to a user, or someone that understood the entire process rather than the deep dive expert. Sometimes we forget, that the best view is always different. It is sadly the reality of the expert culture. The mix of people for a great technology team is both the expert and the people that see the entire process. Add to that someone that is looking forward, and you make your team even stronger.
I spend a lot of time talking to experts. I find that they are often very smart and always interesting to talk to, about their knowledge. But they don’t always consider the reality of the business problem they are trying to solve. Yes, all of this spawning from the time that I was trying to be an expert. Now I try to build technology teams, mixing both the expert and the big picture professional into a unit. It doesn’t matter how smart you are; it matters more than you listen! As my father used always to say “you know what an expert is right?” “Ex is someone with a past, and a spert is a drip under pressure.”
I have no good knowledge of this area. I can not give a competent comment.
That is ok, thank you very much for reading!
Lol! Your dad had a sense of humor eh. Well that observation is quite true. Peeps classified as expert many times have trouble thinking outside of their line of sight. They expect the users to adjust to them not the other way around.
My father thought he had a sense of humor. As I do, as most of the dad’s I know do. My sons call it dad humor or dad jokes and they hate it. Experts are a very necessary and dangerout state of affairs!
Hahaha but they do! My dad has a sense of humor and I love it. Of course, my mom gives him a smirk everytime lol but that is where my funny gene came from
I tell my sons that all the time. They just growl and say dad jokes.
Hahahaha ungrateful kids where will they be without Scott Andersen lol
They have great business idea nice to hear that.
Sorry, I am not sure I understand your comment.
what is it about are they searching a business partner?
IBM? Once upon a time they were seeking knowledge of their products in their business partners.