I can change a plug. But I’m no electrician.

I can write a cheque. But I’m no banker.

I can take a pulse. But I’m no doctor.

Over the years, I have encountered many impostors in the software industry.

Creating havoc and leaving behind minefields. Throwing around fashionable buzz-words with no understanding of their intent. Eventually, their history becomes their credit and an armour.

Why there are so many impostors in the software industry?

Software is a bridge between humans and computers.

Code is the communication method with computers. Similar to human language. By learning the syntax, any computer language can be learnt.

However, fluency in a language, for example, Japanese, doesn’t automatically make a person Japanese. To become one, the person would also need to have a fundamental understanding of the culture and practice it in their daily life.

Of course, people can learn. Some do. They have embraced the field, becoming great role models. However, these are few and far between. Meanwhile, the number of impostors has increased rapidly.

Decades of fast growth in the software industry has facilitated easy entry for many opportunists driven by greed.

A sad example of how unchecked success leads to demise.

Sally M Solaymantash