A very common issue for people on the outside of engineering or intellectual attainment is the application of allegory to the unknown. This is not a problem but a mere fact. As an outsider to quantum physics (where the insiders actually don’t really understand much), I am left to assume certain processes to happen beyond the scope of my given comprehension, leaving a lot of room for imagination on what these processes may look like.
Much like the quantum scientists would have a laugh at me explaining my imagination, I sometimes do so on what clients or peers (usually marketing) believe process to be like in software development or operations. Now to clarify one issue first, engineering is hard work that is based on one or more thoughtful people (with or without IT skills), to come together and establish what is even harder to accomplish, which is a concept, financial model, applicable business logic or other metrics as required.
Especially clients tend to believe that their principle idea is to be considered “the hard” part of the job. In turn they reject any further responsibility towards delivering what the success of their business will depend on. One of the most common statements I get is: “Well do the development and we’ll review these few details later”! This is usually when I issue a warning, being a signal or indicator for chaos and failure.
The Magic-Monkey is the allegory taking care of these “few details”! I can only guess what it looks like for them but likely its being a wobbly mass of layered chalky substance between them and the engineers, trickling down their ever changing orders with ease and at no additional cost, providing a universal interface to absolutely every other piece of software by convenience of a click (usually buttons because people like buttons).
By now you can guess that nothing is happening by coincidence in IT and just for the avoidance of doubt, computers are per se not intelligent (and I will not dignify the expectations on AI with a comment further then this citations found on the internet – “When you’re fundraising, it’s AI. When you’re hiring, it’s ML. When you’re implementing, it’s logistic regression.”).
Where the “magic” element of this post came from is probably covered but how did I end up with a monkey? Its pure coincidence, whilst I had a call with a client late at night, explaining that integrations not just suddenly happen magically at no cost, I had my TV on, watching National Geographic, featuring an episode on Monkeys.