Possibly random thoughts of a oddly organized dba with a very short attention span

8.25.2011

We'll miss you Steve

As Steve Jobs resigns his role at Apple, perhaps the most appropriate send off is remembering another innovator/inventor who changed our lives, while we recognize that delivering on an acknowledged need isn't innovation.

In the words of Henry Ford:

'If I’d asked my customers what they wanted, they’d have said a faster horse.'

If Jobs had asked you what you wanted in Y2K, what would you have told him? Could you have even imagined a MacBook, an iPhone, iPod or iTunes back in 1999? Can you imagine where technology would be if Jobs had listened to only the consumer, and ignored what he thought might be was possible?

Agile development may be the best option we've got, but if it has a shortcoming, it is this: consumer led design will always be flawed as giving a customer something they already know they need will never lead to innovation.

Visionaries see both the need AND the solutions most of us never dreamed of. Steve Jobs was a visionary, and whether you like his vision or not, his influence can be felt throughout the technological world. I only hope that not all our best and brightest are spending their gifts on Facebook-y silliness and other marketing crap trying to get consumers to click on some annoying bit of advertising. We need more visionaries, and a lot less marketeers .... *

Thank you Mr. Jobs, get well and godspeed for all your future endeavors.


* on of the advantages of writing a very infrequent blog - you can say all sorts of things that might tick someone off :)

2 comments:

tonysleight said...

I quite agree, you get my vote.
Look at the way Gallileo Galilei was treated by the religious authorities and only exonorated in the last 30 years!
People generally don't like change, yet somehow Apple were turned around from certain disaster by the Iphone and it's subsequent popularity. So, I guess clever marketing must have played a part in the success. It must have convinced people that the Iphone was much better than the phone they already had. So, all in all, I wouldn't shoot the marketeers just yet. Maybe just after they have marketed my new-must-have-product (yet to be invented!).

Vee said...

"We need more visionaries, and a lot less marketeers"

Thank you for saying that. I have been thinking the same for a while. I am not talking about big visionaries, but in normal day to day work, esp in the management. They talk a lot and market their services a lot but they can spend more time on learning and testing new things.

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