The similarity between a guru and a newbie is that they both break the rules. The difference is that the guru knows he’s breaking the rules.
A Newbie, a Trainee, an Independent, an Expert and a Guru enters a bar….
- The Newbie doesn’t know what a bar is, orders a cup of coffee
- The Trainee knows what a bar is, orders a beer
- The Independent repeats a successful experience and orders a beer
- The Expert, having written the drinks list orders a whisky
- The Guru orders a cup of coffee, because they needs a go***** cup of coffee
In this model the difference between a guru and an expert is – that the expert thinks they knows everything, while the guru knows they know nothing. Even this model falls to the relative rule about X. If the Newbie doesn’t know what a bar is. Then how can they enter it?
|Newbee||Never heard of X||No skill – no training or experience|
|Trainee||Heard of XContext-oblivious||Basic training has been received. The only experience gained has been in a classroom and/or experimental scenarios or as a trainee on-the-job. You would be expected to need some help when performing the skill.|
|Independent||Can do XContext-specific||Repeated successful experiences have been completed. Help from an expert may be required from time to time, but you can usually perform the skill independently.|
|Expert||Wrote the X bookContext-imperial||You can perform the actions associated with this skill without assistance. You are certainly recognized within your immediate organization as “the person to ask” when difficult questions arise regarding this skill. You have extensive experience and could teach the subject if you had teaching skills. You are probably also known outside your organization as an expert.|
|GuruMaster||Know the limits of XContext-driven||You can answer any question about the skill and most any question related to the field where the skill is used. The “expert” would come to you for advice. You have probably published a paper on the subject.|
See also: Establish yourself as an expert or thought leader, All oracles are fail-able
9 thoughts on “Even a self-acclaimed guru breaks the rules”
10 Things I Hate About So-Called Gurus! http://blog.thoughtpick.com/2009/07/10-things-i-hate-about-so-called-gurus.html
False Credit | Inaccurate Advice | Lack of Humbleness | Unfocused Attention | Lack of Credentials | Lack of Two-Way Communication | Repetitiveness | Inability to Practice What They Preach | Lack of Application | Lack of Commitment
[ Testing Rites of Passage | http://www.softwaretestingclub.com/forum/topics/testing-rites-of-passage ] is a good example of an X. If you have never heard or valued the items listed – how can you claim they are not credible for a rite of passage? They are in the context of the great crowd of the STC. Are you ordering your coffee in the wrong place?
I’ve never ordered a coffee in a bar….haha! Great post
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I love knowing all the rules in my context, so I know when and how to break them to pursue my own goal faster or better. But I would not say that I’m guru in those processes or whatever I’m breaking. Yet I think I was acting context-driven in those situations. So I find it hard to apply those rules to my experience.
Good feedback Patrick! It’s not rules.. just guidelines 🙂
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