“We are late because of the software”

“We should adopt a new development process but we do not have the time”

“A very interesting tool but there is no budget, I’m sorry”

“Our software development method is very artisanal”

“We do not have time to test because we have to sell the product”

“The test is boring and expensive, we have to cut the times”

“We want to stay focused on our core business”

“We have to recall 10,000 units from the market for a problem”

“Some people are hurting themselves using our device”

“The relatives of our customers who were victims of accidents with our vehicles got organized into a class-action”

If any of these phrases is known to you because happened your company or in that of your competitor, or if just hearing it makes you feel a cold shiver: then this article is for you.

I have been working in the software development sector for over 25 years and I have covered a long series of responsibilities, roles and tasks related to the software life cycle, in various fields: from developer to manager, from modelling to testing, from employee to freelance, from management software to aerospace software, from the safety-critical to the business-critical software.

For years I was forced to fight against all the problems related to software development: delays, misunderstandings, bugs, complaints from customers, managers.

Well, do you know what impressed me in all these years of international experience?

The feeling of powerlessness in seeing how software, although omnipresent in every aspect of our lives, is actually a completely underestimated, underestimated and mistreated discipline but of absolute and ever-increasing importance and above all danger.

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5° Software Commandment: YOU SHALL NOT KILL

The software is one of the most complex products ever produced by man, without any doubt. There is no literary product, scientific program, architectural work that can match the number of man/hours or man/years necessary to produce a software of great complexity like the one that equips a modern plane, a car of the latest generation, the computer or smartphone that you are using, a social like Facebook.

And the software is so complex that it often fails … or rather, it kills.

Software kills people, burns huge capital, blasts companies, creates irreparable damage to image

In 1982, it is suspected that the CIA has deliberately introduced a bug (software error) within the control code of the Trans-Siberian gas pipeline in Russia. For counter-intelligence purposes, the US has decided to blow up this conduct once operational with the result of provoking the largest non-nuclear explosion in history.

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La tua azienda sta producendo pessimo software, bruciando prezioso budget in una spirale che presto ti manderà gambe all’aria. Te ne sei già accorto? E cosa stai facendo per evitarlo?
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