Tech Folks Don’t Grok People Things
Nor do they often grok the connection between attending to their own and others’ needs, and the grokking of people things.
Tech Folks Focus On Tech
Let’s face it, most folks in IT (a.k.a. software development) made it their career choice because they like tech. Personally, I started programming way back when because I liked making little coloured lights flash on and off at my command.
And although liking tech doesn’t necessarily preclude grokking people things, in practice it generally does.
People Things Trump Tech
Yet it’s the people things that make all the difference when it comes to non-trivial, collaborative knowledge work. Such as teams building software systems and solutions. Questions like “What accounts for the way folks behave?”, “How can we work together?” and “Why is everything so borked round here?”.
Some tech folks wake up to the primacy of people things sooner or later. And it’s rarely a pleasant awakening.
Of course, this is not a phenomenon limited to tech people. Most managers I’ve met haven’t grokked people things either. Nor politicians. Nor scientists. Nor intellectuals. Nor…, etc.
Maybe the truest irony is that people, in general, don’t grok people things.