Thursday, November 13, 2008

PL 56/08: Don’t wait for leaders

Filed under: Uncategorized — plinius @ 9:25 am

Good points from R. David Lankes, who gave a key note on The obligation of leadership at the 2008 LITA Forum, Cincinnati, Ohio

From the abstract

  • No matter how many users one talks to in designing a system, there will be a gulf between what a user wants and what a system can do.
  • The belief that users even know what they want, or that somehow a library can correctly interpret the needs of users is at best presumptuous.
  • To truly build systems that met the needs of users, we must let them build these systems directly.

From the slide show:

  • How can you tell a pioneer in a crowd?
  • He’s the one with all the arrows in his backside


  • Change is like Heaven
  • Everybody thinks it is a good idea.
  • But nobody wants to go there first.



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