Fwd: [JOB] UX Principal Consultant, NJ | 140-160k (Relo)

17 Feb 2006 - 10:26am
8 years ago
1 reply
351 reads
Todd Roberts
2005

>
> I have my deepest respect for people we all look up to in our profession,
> but if they
> are outies, they won't change the world. They can change their
> profession, but this is where it will ultimately stop.

I disagree. Changing the profession, or blazing a new brand trail can change
the world. Revolutionary changes tend to come from outies, not innies. Well,
I guess that depends on your definition of outtie versus innie, is the
leader of a revolutionary company an outie or innie? Henry Ford's assembly
line changed the world, and he was the brand, he didn't work for the brand.

> How about being an innie who turns Microsoft into a company producing
> the best User Experience in the world? Or IBM? Or General Motors?

How about being the founder of a startup that takes them out, a la Brin &
Page? It's relative to whether you get more satisfaction from raising a
company from the ashes or building one from the ground up. Neither path is
inherently more revolutionary than the other.

Comments

17 Feb 2006 - 12:12pm
Lada Gorlenko
2004

TR> How about being the founder of a startup that takes them out, a la
TR> Brin & Page? It's relative to whether you get more satisfaction
TR> from raising a company from the ashes or building one from the
TR> ground up. Neither path is inherently more revolutionary than the
TR> other.

I like the approach, but it is about a different thing. In my
innie-outie comparison, I specifically didn't touch entrepreneurs. It
was about full-time UX professionals *who want to continue being
full-time UXers*. In major technical companies, there is always a
clear distinction between "growing to become a Vice-President" and
"growing to become the Chief Engineer (Scientist, Designer, etc.)".
The job of an exec (or owner) is to look after the company and its
success. The job of a Chief "Technical Brain" is to look after the
product and its quality. You are offering me to be an innie of the
former kind; I strive to make a difference being the latter.

I'd go a long way to have a drink with Larry and Sergey to ask them
when was the last time they passionately discussed search algorithms
and database design on the job, not stock prices and business value.

Lada

Syndicate content Get the feed