Ming Thein, from his website
Ming Thein, one of the very best photography bloggers on the Internet, has decided to bring his nearly three-year relationship with Hasselblad to a close. Noting that "it isn't worth my time or stress levels anymore," Ming announced that "I have elected not to renew my contract with Hasselblad/ DJI, which ended on 30 September 2018."
That's the short take; see his website for the longer version.
"I continue to remain in the Hasselblad family as an owner and user," he added, "as I believe the product still delivers the best image quality I’ve seen to date."
(Thanks to Oren Grad)
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Michael Perini: "I have great respect for him, and I think he did some good for Hasselblad, but moving into a corporate culture as an advisor without direct authority is a very difficult position to be in. Plus he lost the person who recruited him. Never a good sign. I think he did the right thing, he was 'pushing water uphill.' Life is too short for that. I wish him the best. DJI will miss him more than they think."
Stephen Scharf: "One of the biggest challenges someone in Ming's role has is getting the execs who hired him to actually listen to, and act on, the input obtained from customers. I've taught and led a lot of 'Voice of the Customer' product development teams in my time. One challenge is getting those team members to keep their biases of what the product must do or be to themselves, and actually listen to what the customer says. Most times, what the product development team member thinks is important and what the customer actually thinks is important (and why) are 180° apart. Academic studies have confirmed this. Then, of course, the biggest risk are business executives, who always have their own biases, may not listen to the VOC and just do what they originally wanted to do anyway. This usually results in a catastrophe with respect to successful product development, because most executives make teams rush, don't provide them with the time to think things through thoroughly, and everyone gets caught out with surprises. Happens all the time.... I used to call this behavior 'executive arson.' Seen tens of millions of dollars wasted because of it, also."