Gwen Van Der Veldon in her statement: “If whatever you’re building needs a manual then it’s of no use to me. I need solutions that can be picked up and used with as little learning as possible” is NOT naive and stupid.
The manager who is tinkering in the machinery and has his/her fingers in everybody’s business is not a good manager.
A manager needs to be able to understand the new technology and its potential. An efficient manager has not the time to read manuals.
Those under the manager, the ones the manager managers can read manuals and tinker in machinery.
As I understand her statement, she is saying, “Give me something practical and usable and not something a geek thinks is cool.