... When we have better solutions, or we can correct deficiencies, management doesn't want to spend the time or effort to do so. ...
Greed, pure and simple. The drive for quarterly profits instead of long-term viability. Warren Buffet had a wonderful suggestion that will never happen: a 100% tax on stock sales for C-level executives after they leave the company. After a year it's 80%, and goes down 20% (or whatever) subsequent years until it's down to the base rate. Executives would be strongly incentivized to ensure the company would endure rather than meeting Wall Street's demands for quarterly returns.
It's true of so many companies and organizations, and we see it on this site almost every day when people post of being allowed no time to get it right, that it must be got out the door and "we'll fix it later", meanwhile later never comes.
There's also the opposite viewpoint that software isn't released, it escapes and is dragged from the clutching developer's hands.
The thing that I find the most sad about the Volkswagen debacle is I toured their assembly plant in Dresden in June. Absolutely amazing place, it made me very sad when their fudging with emissions numbers was revealed.
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