Why it’s called development

Michael Bolton says it well:

Well, I for one am shocked, shocked to hear that someone didn’t get exactly
what they wanted the first time they tried something.

Why do we call this work development? It isn’t just about writing programs;
it’s about developing projects, and developing people, and developing
skills, and developing models, and developing understanding. Development of
anything is rarely linear and often unpredictable. When you learn
something, you greatly increase the value of any failure that you might
encounter.

Some people even confuse development with typing, and I think that’s mostly why it’s so difficult to gain mutual respect between the business and development camps.

Maybe exchange programs would be interesting; I walk a mile in your shoes, you walk a mile in mine. We could call it development.

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