This post started as a comment on Reg Braitwaithe’s post Certification? Bring it on! and metastasized into a post of its own.
It sounds like you’ve given up on software development. You’re drawing a line in the sand at the outside edge of a program to say, “Here, this far and no further, here is where I can objectively judge software. This is my one firm place from which I’ll move the world.”