It’s the BIGGEST DRAIN on your resources.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars every year, and millions once you get going.
Yet few SaaS leaders know what the money they pour into their development team gets them.
So I’ve been doing a little digging, and here’s what I found.
- 34% writing new code or improving existing
- 21% maintaining existing
- 19% management operations and meetings
- 14% testing
- 12% other bits and bobs
And don’t go thinking that writing code is a straight line activity.
For every one line that makes it in to a released product, at least 10 will have been deleted, if not a many more.
And the more inventing that’s required, the slower and more error prone the exercise.
Big chunks of maintenance time gets spent investigating errors.
I recall spending hours looking for the root cause of a fault, only to write one line to fix it.
It’s why developers are paid based on their results and not by the line.
Of course, whether their results are valuable or not is another matter.
They might be creating beautiful software with fantastic features, but if it’s not what your people need, 100% of their time has been wasted.
So, with that in mind, when was the last time you had a full review of your development strategy?