Chief of Staff: “Gentlemen, the C-Suite is ready for you now, step in this way. And, I hope you have a solid plan. The finance team just laid out a stunning 18-month roadmap.”

CTO: “What? Uggh! We just got these jobs last week. Nobody told us to have a plan.”

CIO: “I have to go in there now and get skewered. What am I supposed to say?”

CTO: “Just tell them…if they hire more developers, all their wildest dreams will come true!”

CIO: “Ok, thanks Napoleon, let’s do this.”

Nobody is under any illusions that software is the basis for competitive advantage in the current age.  Software (or the five tech superpowers, to be blunt) has been eating the world for some time. “Those who master large-scale software delivery will define the economic landscape of the 21st,” emphasizes Dr. Mik Kersten in his book, Project to Product. No kidding: in the last year, the pandemic-induced digital-first economy has made “the big five” (Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft and Facebook) even richer, with a combined revenue of more than $1.2 trillion

In response, many traditional “non-tech” organizations are panic-hiring developers to make up ground, with the global developer population expected to reach 28.7 million people by 2024. Hiring more developers, however, is a classic case of h