Thursday, August 11, 2011

Follow the Yellow Brick Road Demo or Help me I’m Melting…

Follow the yellow brick road, follow the yellow brick road, follow the yellow brick road, how many times have we heard that? Well, a lot, and I’m old enough to remember when they played it every Thanksgiving evening here in the States. The symbolism is great, follow the big clear as day marked path to your dreams. Yea, that happens every day. What happens when you are demoing and you try to follow the yellow brick road? You find out they are painted yellow and you find a mean old witch at the end of the path… I’ll explain.

The yellow brick road is a big shinny object that looks like it can’t miss. It is possible to focus on the road and not where it leads. If we had Google Maps of the yellow brick road, we would see the witch’s castle, the Emerald city, and those pesky apple trees. With this map it is easy to see our path and where we have to tread lightly and carefully. Without the map? Follow the yellow brick road, follow the yellow brick road, that is all we have. Put one foot in front of the other and let’s watch what happens.

It is often tempting to go off script and follow that mile wide golden highway, don’t do it. There are flying monkeys and someone will be yelling that they are melting. Don’t let this happen to you.