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Comment Re:Scrum Was Never Alive (Score 4, Insightful) 371

That's called a Project Manager, and a decent one is worth having.

You can't beat face to face communication, especially between developers and subject matter experts. The productivity gains and risk reduction far outweigh the cheap-warm-bodies offshore. Design is never efficiently replaced by brute force.

Comment Re:In other news (Score 1) 291

The long term unemployment rate is 10%, short 5%, underemployed over 20%, wages down 20%. Bleak picture. The only beneficial shift that I can see is free continuous education (MOOC, etc).

If you look at corporate structure, many companies exceed 50% of their operating budget in Marketing (whether they show it on their 10k or not). That's where the jobs went. If you want value in a product then buy from the few companies that focus on operations (Costco, etc).

Comment Re:Something something question in headline equals (Score 1) 568

Software engineering already has measurable processes and results. I have additional background in mechanical engineering and physics and can find no fundamental difference in the fundamentals of engineering, weather mechanical or software. OTOH, the project management isn't just different but often opposite measurements and results between SE and ME.

Testing... not so much. Software is run by corporations, the old engineering types are run by societies. Add in the flexibility and rapid change of pace in software and testing becomes irrelevant as soon as it's developed. Most "certifications" are run by corporations for their profit and to enforce marketing with little or even negative value for the test taker.

A software engineer has a formal background and can apply formal processes effectively. That accounts for maybe 10% of software programmers/developers/engineers out there.

Comment Re: How about (Score 3, Insightful) 237

The median hourly compensation has fallen in the last 40 years while productivity has more than doubled.
The rich have doubled their ownership, CEO pay has tripled or more.
A basic education is now out of reach for many, and globalization and rampant immigration have mostly annihilated upwards mobility.

You're right, the safety nets established 80 years ago are now ineffective. Time for something much more disruptive.

If bankers can count, how come they have eight windows and only four tellers?