We recently presented an example of a software engineering manager might spend 1 hour sorting through a developer’s performance analytics to find a way to reduce their defect rate by just 1 per month and that it took just 1 hour to fix each defect. The manager invested 1 hour and gets 12 developer hours over a year in return. With wage differential, let’s round that to a nice, simple 1,000% annualized ROI.
Either way, that’s a lot of variables:
- Cycle Time for Insights,
- Defect Rate Reduction,
- Mean Time to Repair
- Difference of Manager/Developer Wages.
In our Guide to the Cost to Fix Bugs, for some large companies, the MTTR can be 10 hours or more. Suddenly, we’re at a 10,000% ROI.
With an AI Assistant, we add another variable. The engineering manager need only spend 5 minutes asking questions in a ponderous sort of way for each developer on their team. This could be anywhere from 3 to 20 or more. But let’s give the manager a 10-minute break, to keep it at that nice x10 multiplier for the hour, for a potential 100,000% ROI.
Feel free to do more precise math if you like, but Holy Smokes – that’s even better than the 10,000% ROI on Design. If hiring a good designer is like printing your own money; adding an AI Assistant practically turns you into the Federal Reserve, because there are more variables yet to account for…