Why Computer Programmers Often Have No Clue in Building Systems

Published by in Computer
2nd Sep 2013

Yes, many of them have incredible experiences in multiple industries, and they are incredibly intelligent. I can’t take that away from them, it’s the truth. No, not all of them, but there are a lot of sharp people out there who are computer programmers. Yes, we should listen to them and they often know what they’re talking about when it comes to their trade, but they aren’t going to fix the world with a computer program. In fact, I would submit to you that many of the computer programs that we use today have forced us into a limited and finite way of doing things, and often the wrong way. Over time it becomes more inefficient, and a computer program is forcing us to fill in the blanks, and submit information that is irrelevant to what we are trying to do.

When reading about Bill Gates and how he reduced the number of forms at Microsoft down to two or three, and how everything was put onto the computer, and each new form was just adding onto the original information to bypass the corporate bureaucracy, he was describing back then the future of enterprise software which we now use everywhere today. That’s a good thing, it is quite efficient, however when we force the proper way of doing things into little boxes and computer programs, we negate the possibility for robust evolution, and cross-pollination thinking.

In essence we are forcing people into a bunch of little boxes, and a standardized way of doing things; actually everything now is this way – and in doing so we aren’t going to get the breakthroughs we need. We can’t standardize everything in our society and world and throughout the life experience if we are to get to the next step. We need to allow humans to do what they do well, and that is; use their creative genius and innovative minds.

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Everyone seems to have the ability to try new things, but if everything is forced into super standardization, and we are doing this in every industry with the help of government regulators, assuming they know how best for us to live our own lives, and as these “computer programmers” who solve problems on computers infiltrate our government, academia, military, and business world we are seeing more and more mistakes because often they don’t have a clue as to what the user needs in order to get their job done, and all they do is make is frustrated, waste our time, decrease efficiency, and prevent us from evolving the very methodology that we’ve been boxed into – at least that is usually the case, even with feedback loops between users and programmers.

Now then, if you are computer programmer, you may not like this article, but that’s irrelevant, because this is an intellectual conversation, and if you really think deep in your mind about it, you will know that I am correct in most cases, just look around. The question I have, in a challenge to you is; what are you going to do about it? If people are busy staring at a computer screen all day, and filling out forms, did you really help their life, did you really improve their lives, did you really make things more efficient, or did you provide so many controls, that all we have this electronic blob of bureaucracy? Yes, I am open for comments or questions in an e-mail from you if you disagree. If you agree with me you may contact me, but there’s no need in singing to the choir, so unless you have specific additional challenges, just think on it.