New Research Reveals U.S. Companies are Spending an Estimated $61B a Year on Tasks Many Devs and DevOps Consider Frustrating, Instead of on Innovation
BERLIN, March 31, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- New research released today from Garden reveals that developers and DevOps professionals spend over 15 hours on tasks which many consider to be frustrating like debugging pipelines, and waiting for tests and builds—amounting to 39% of a 40 hour work week, derailing company innovation cycles and their ability to compete. Available for download, the company’s report “In Search of Lost Time: Developer Productivity in the Cloud Native Era” quantifies the likely cost to businesses as up to a staggering $61 billion per year in the U.S. alone, based on median pay and number of software developer jobs as reported by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“We see it happening all the time—individual developers waste hours or even full days every week solving the same old problems in isolation, and many assume that’s just the way it has to be,” said Jon Edvald, CEO and co-founder of Garden. “We’ve lived this scenario, and our survey spotlights the heavy fiscal and emotional impact this is having on companies and their tech teams across the board. Developers are already under immense pressure to build and ship faster. As applications get more complex and distributed, tech teams need to ensure their workflows and tools are keeping pace, and that they do not allow this ‘productivity debt’ to spiral out of control.”
Lost Time on Tedious Tasks Slows Innovation and Ability to do Strategic Work
On average, respondents spend more than 15 hours every week on tasks outside of writing application code or tests, including:
Respondents at organizations not yet using Kubernetes spend an average 14.3 hours per week on these tasks, as compared with 16.5 hours a week for those who are already using Kubernetes, which spotlights the hidden productivity debt that may occur when organizations adopt new technologies.
Frustration in DevOps and Development Teams
In fact, only 11% of all respondents are completely happy with their development setups and workflows and think they’re operating as well as they could be —and only 2% of non-managers are completely happy with their development setups. Non-managers are nearly twice as likely as managers to say there's "noticeable room for improvement" in their development setups and workflows.
The combination of frustrations and low happiness with tools and workflows will likely impact overall job satisfaction for in-demand talent, making it harder for organizations to retain key employees.
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