Does the fact that you can operate a tool automatically make you capable of implementing it? I pondered this for a while. If I stretch, I say, “Maybe,” but if I’m accountable for the outcome, my answer is, “No.”
To be a successful implementer, you need to abstract concepts and apply them differently in different situations. You need to be able to see patterns and forecast end results that may or may not get you to the Promised Land. You need to have operated the tool in different environments and experienced constraints and alternate use cases to know the technology’s limits. You need to be a people person with strong communication skills who can see the solution through other people’s eyes. And ideally, you would have walked a mile in their shoes to know what they’re up against.
If you’ve just been an operator working at one company, trained by someone who knew the “right” way, then you have a singular experience and probably believe your experience is broader than it really is.
You may not know it, but you may be holding a hammer, so everything looks like a nail.