In my opinion technique is more important then strength for 99% lifters. If your technique is not proper, soon you will find yourself hitting the wall. Poor technique is also one of the main reasons of injuries.
In your's (Mike) case, if you see, you do get very strong in last 3-4 months but as soon as you change your technique / working as suggested by JB's program your numbers on almost all lifts undergo a lot of improvement.
Strength can take you upto a level but if you want to reach your max. potential it has to be technique + strength exactly in the same order.
stay strong ...