If you have a friend, family member or colleague who is a brilliant scientist, researcher or developer, there is a good chance that you've seen the interesting dichotomy that is sometimes true for these brilliant minds. That is, it isn't uncommon for these geniuses to be super-smart in their specific field of knowledge but hopelessly inept in certain everyday tasks or situations.
This is what is typically known as the absent-minded professor scenario. We all have our own stereotypical image of this, perhaps of a brilliant professor breaking down a complex math problem in front of a large group while completely oblivious to the large mustard stain down the front of his shirt.
But while people generally tend to think these events occur only in social situations, sometimes a brilliant mind's knowledge blinders can extend to affect its actual work.
Take the scenario of a large software development project that includes some brilliant and highly focused developers. These wizards can code circles around many other developers. But they also tend to think of things strictly from their own specific worldview, which, from a project management perspective, may mean having to rein in some of their more imaginative application enhancements, because from a real-world perspective, they would never fly with users and customers. Click here to read the full article