tl,dr; green exec has the mental model of developers as machines in a factory. How to correct?
Exec in question is part of a young startup and is still wet-behind-the-ears.
In discussion about why they want continuous delivery (don’t ask), they insisted that having open PRs not merged was like having machinary paid for sitting idle–and didn’t seem to grok the point that a more appropriate analogy would include the idea that those machines, if activated, would occasionally explode and set the factory floor on fire if not done carefully.
They had previously asserted that more developers meant faster progress, and when asked if they’d read The Mythical Man Month, said “I don’t really see how that applies here”.
Anyways, this led to a deeper reflection on my part about how to explain to green execs what the true economics of developers are? What do we think the economics are? Are we just machines? Is most business software just assembly-line work?
Failing that, feel free to use this as a thread to vent and bitch about clueless management. Clack those claws in protest! V.v.V