I definitely echo this a 100%! I've analyzed over 200 businesses in depth and seen thousands. I know quality engineer work takes a lot of patience and time, and things that would seem "easy" from the outside looking in, are often horrendously difficult. But on the same note, many of such engineer-driven businesses would greatly benefit of implementation of LEAN principles and accelerated ways of trying out prototypes. They could hire new people. They could even outsource mechanical innovation & R&D... or much better yet, hire new businesspeople to 100% take care of the business side, while the original engineers could focus 100% on R&D! Nothing is more wasteful than having a stellar inventor stop inventing, and do business chores and trying to grow their revenue, when they'd rather be just doing the R&D work. There are a thousand different ways to look at making operations more efficient, which is often missed by engineers. I know this will surely turn into a debate of businessmen vs. engineers, but I will resolve the debate immediately by stating that both are right, and both have a handicap of understanding each other. The truth is not binary, and we're both right.