The Technical Debt Community

So you’ve got Technical debt… now what? Ward Cunningham coined the metaphor back in 1992, and it has since been taken on by the industry to describe the consequences of poor software architecture and bad coding. This website encourages a pragmatic view of technical debt, attempting to elevate the discussion from merely defining technical debt to finding approaches for business technology organizations to use technical debt awareness as a vehicle to fix fundamental problems

Recent blogs posts

Technical Debt – What Can You Do

By Frances Lash | November 28, 2014

It is often suggested that businesses seek to create minimal viable products. In other words, to only develop the most important core features that allow for the prompt delivery of a product making time to market the most important factor in product development. The inherent problem with this approach is that there has been a ... read more

Why is Programming so Hard? – Incidental and Accidental Complexity

By Frances Lash | November 25, 2014

Accidental complexity can be referred to as technical debt or sometimes spoken about as incidental complexity – ultimately there is a difference between conscious and unconscious sources of poor code. If it is deliberately decided to deliver suboptimal products, there is a perceived hurry to ship to market. If there is a strong enough incentive ... read more

Pay Yourself First: The Art Of Reducing Technical Debt

By Frances Lash | November 17, 2014

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Technical debt acts as negative interest on your time that continues to accrue while you work. Here is a post that goes beyond this definition in order to come up with a ‘pay yourself first’ technique to reducing technical debt overtime. The example of technical debt given in this post is when in one case software ... read more

The Problem With “Technical Debt” And Other Agile Terms

By Frances Lash | November 12, 2014

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Technical debt, as a term, serves to incentivize change within app and portfolio management. However, it fails to translate with business leaders, therefore failing to push through with the change it seeks to promote. In this post, Phil Murphy expands on his love/hate relationship with the term; lauding the “sentiment for change” it inspires, but ... read more

The Broken Windows Theory of Technical Debt

By Frances Lash | November 6, 2014

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Technical debt is often treated as an afterthought; teams convince themselves that they have taken into account the extra time and effort required to address tech debt in their planning, making it easy to justify carrying debt for a long time. One way to explain the side effects of carrying on small amounts of technical ... read more

Good and Bad Technical Debt

By Frances Lash | November 3, 2014

Technical debt is usually always referred to in a negative sense, whether it be how to avoid it or how to get rid of it. However, here is a post that distinguishes between good and bad technical debt. This post makes the point that in most systems, when graphing their technical debt curve it consistently ... read more