The thing about software development
is that it is hardly about software,
or development,
at all.

Oh, I can teach you how
to file and sand and refactor your code,
turning an orange crate push car
into the ultimate software machine,

Or how to build a web of tests
that will catch you when you fall
– and you will fall –
and set you gently back on your feet.

But no. It’s about people,
the people who won’t hear what I say,
the people who just won’t make sense,
the people who make mistakes,

And the heartless ones who show me mine.