In the spirit of the season, we can't help but be thankful for good software!
At Skiplist, we are thankful for not only our clients and amazing team, but for good software. The fact that 68% of software projects fail inspires us to do what we do. It also helps us pause and appreciate the ways in which software improves our daily lives and has the potential to make the world a better place.
So, in the spirit of the season, here are the top reasons we are thankful for good software:
In 2011, Marc Andreesen wrote about software eating the world. But beyond that, software is transforming lives. Think about improvements in medical technology, communications, and all of the conveniences in our daily lives that allow us the freedom and flexibility to focus on what we care about most. Even apps like TaskHuman, that focus on health and wellness help us navigate everyday stress and improve our quality of life.
Software is everywhere. And because of that, there is a big responsibility to get it right and be inclusive in the process. The boom in the software industry also drives economic growth - $1.07 trillion and counting to the GDP. And with options available for people to learn software engineering like Lambda School, access to the field continues to grow, along with diversity.
Software helps our world become a safer, more productive, and more connected place. With that comes the great responsibility of imagining and creating software that is accessible, respectful of privacy, and thoughtful from start to finish. With all the rapid change in the industry and in the world, software is fundamentally a tool – as it continues to enable us to be better conduits of change; we realize how much more we can be and do.
Andrew has an M.S. in Computer Science from Georgia Tech University. But he prides himself over 10 years of experience working in the software industry for well-known companies such as Diebold, Tableau, Explorys, and Onshift. After years in the corporate and startup worlds as well as running his own consulting firm, Andrew realized he had to do more to improve software products and practices. From that, Skiplist was born. Skiplist is the opportunity to focus on thoughtful, quality software and change the software consulting industry.