Software development is post-industrial. It is so by definition: according to Alvin Toffler (1970) the computer and telecom industry have ignited a social revolution. Daniel Bell (1973) concurs: post-industrial society is organized around knowledge creation and the uses of information, activities that have been revolutionized by the computer. The post-industrial era is also called "the information era" by Bell and others.
Is it possible to use to use industrial methods to manage post-industrial activities like software development?
Alvin Toffler. Future Shock. Random House, London, 1973.
Daniel Bell. The coming of post-industrial society. Basic Books, New York, 1970.