UX and the Reality Problem

As an independent consultant, I am able to work on a wide variety of projects, collaborating with highly diverse teams.  While I’ve worked with some incredibly talented people, I also see a pattern among UX professionals that is incredibly unfortunate, namely what I call the Reality Problem.  At it’s core, the problem is this: Most UX Practitioners Never Actually Create Anything Real By Real, I mean actual working software that you can do something with, that is neither a simulation or a prototype, but is in fact the gosh-darn real deal.