I don’t think we disagree with each other at all, Kaleb. I advocate—in the article—seeking user feedback at every step of the design process. This is an important technique for achieving empathy with your users and is nearly indispensable. But expert design is still needed at every step.
Also, I agree that I did not get into the proper use of iteration in any depth in this article. Perhaps a follow-up article would be a good idea.