An interesting question to ask: how much will payroll cost when it's all done? You know, eventually in the long run what will be the total lifetime cost of having employees and paying taxes?
We make decisions about hiring and benefits without knowing what the end total will be.
Likewise, how much will you pay for electricity in the house you live in, all totaled up? Or my earlier grocery example. You don't consider those "buying a lifetime's supply" purchases, because they're ongoing maintenance costs.
The benefits of the food or the electricity Is available in tiny chunks, so to speak.
The perception of a software project is that it brings no value until it is done.
This is of course the whole point. Let’s re-imagine how software development is done.