The Joe Dilemma – What To Do When Your Lead Developer Leaves --Written By : Tom Long
Posted On:01/07/2021


Meet Joe. Joe is a key player in the development of your ColdFusion applications. He has been at your company forever and pioneered your entire system.

It was Joe who took the initiative to move your applications from desktop and onto the web. For 20 years, Joe has reviewed new updates and kept your tech stack up to date, even adding new features and fixing bugs.

Then one day out of the blue… Joe decides to drop a bomb. He wants to retire and move to Tahiti.

What are you going to do now with the ongoing pandemic and change in the landscape of business as we know it?

This my friends is the “Joe Dilemma”.

What are you going to do without Joe? How are you going to keep up with software changes and the never ending support questions from junior developers?

He held your tech stack together through thick and thin.


Developer Competence

Not only was Joe your lead developer, he was also your BEST developer. Can your other developers pick up the slack? Do you have other developers?

And even if Joe doesn’t retire, has the company kept pace with technology? Are there new approaches and modern techniques that could inject life into your applications?

If you don’t currently have the right talent to take on what Joe was doing your business will suffer.

The Joe Dilemma is a crossroads. It may be time to look for a new solution.



Hire a Development Team

Now that Joe is leaving, finding a replacement can be tricky. ColdFusion talent doesn’t grow on trees. You can’t pick up a new Joe at the Apple Genius store.  You have 2 choices.

First, you can search for and hire a new ColdFusion developer directly.

But finding them and vetting them can be overwhelming and expensive.  What if, after taking the time to show them your code and stack, they turn out to be unqualified? What if they decide to work from 9 pm to 4 am every day?

What if they keep coming to zoom meetings in a tank top? You have invested a lot of time and effort and starting over is expensive. Your applications will suffer while you hit the bricks looking for another Joe.

Your second option is to partner with ColdFusion experts.

Here at CF Webtools, we offer a fully vetted development team. Why spend money trying to find a unicorn when you can hire 40 of the best ColdFusion developers out there?

If you let us help you, you will enjoy the following benefits:

  • Scale development up and down applications. You only pay for active development. Save money that goes into the overhead costs of a direct hire.
  • Gain knowledge that helps your in-house developers to excel.
  • Implement innovative and modern features that enhance your user experience.
  • Access to a dedicated team of ColdFusion sysops professionals to get your applications running smoothly and keep them up to date and secure.
  • Dedicated project management
  • Attain stability with the best DevOps practices.
  • Improve your SQL database management and queries with a newer and more efficient database design.
  • Conduct performance tuning and load testing to prevent future application crashes.

CF Webtools can maintain your legacy code, add enhancements, and create new applications. Their combined prowess can take your development effort and application performance to a new level.