Software development is in desperate need of becoming a profession; a true profession, on par with civil engineering and law. We need that, but the rest of the world needs it even more. Software runs everything nowadays, and we are on the verge of a disastrous credibility problem. It’s time for our profession to grow up and show all the people who rely on our work something worthy of the risks they take. If we don’t it’s going to get very ugly very quickly.