Software Engineering...a lost art. Project Teams...a
As we reflected on the state of our industry, we grew weary of
the hired gun mentality. Sadly, the undisciplined rise and fall
of software engineering budgets during the late 90's and the eventual
dot-com-bomb at the dawn of the new millennium had devastating fallout.
The result was an insidious cancer that surfaced in a consistent
theme...customer and project success was secondary to the lowest
bid. The partnership, trust and success that was the bellwether
of the early 90's was replaced with shrinking budgets, distrust
and a growing chasm between customers and vendors. In a new millennium,
where we should be reaping the benefits of the most powerful, most
reliable software and tools ever built, the industry willingly took
a step back. Proven teams of consultants that had successfully delivered
time and again were being replaced with collections of "seemingly"
low-cost, yet unproven, contractors.
Where to go?
As we commiserated with our colleagues and met other proven software
engineers who shared the same passion for customer success, the
solution was clear. We should form a team and recapture the passion
for working software and customer success. That team is now known
as the Consultants Guild.