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 Build-Up Fueled By Unfettered DevOps Practices

By Frances Lash | July 30, 2015

What would you do if you found out that a major American automobile manufacturer knowingly picked from 27 versions of outdated, under-performing, and poorly built mufflers to place in a brand new model of a car? You would most likely respond in outrage if the product you are purchasing is being compromised by one component that ... read more

Technical Debt, Transparency, and the Iron Triangle of Development

By Frances Lash | July 21, 2015

Technical debt, Software Development, Software Quality
There are a lot of blog posts floating around out there that try to talk about technical debt in a new and interesting way. Few actually achieve this goal. There’s not much you can add to a concept that has been explained over and over again. This podcast with Microsoft veteran exec, Bill Bliss, gives ... read more

How the Public Sector is Dealing with their Legacy Systems

By Frances Lash | July 20, 2015

Deloitte
There’s a new wind blowing in technology, specifically in the public sector, on how to handle the crossroads between systems that have been around for decades and upgrading to the latest wave of new technologies. While this is a concern in every organization where technology is central to their functions (which in this day and age ... read more

The Short Memory of Lessons Learned in Technical Debt

By Frances Lash | July 15, 2015

Looking at the events of last week – the technical freezes at the New York Stock Exchange, United Airlines, and the Wall Street Journal – we’re starting to see the pretty startling effects cobbled together systems and technical debt. When the WSJ’s website is offline for about an hour due to a technical issue  – we ... read more

Technical Debt is not only a “Technical” Problem

By Frances Lash | July 6, 2015

A question that is not asked often, and less often answered, about technical debt is: who must you pay and how? This question is vital to answer – because it also gives you an idea of who you are borrowing from when you take on technical debt. Often times technical debt analyses miss this critical part ... read more

The US Navy Pays the Price for Faltering on Innovation

By Frances Lash | June 24, 2015

CIO
About two weeks ago, we posted an article on the pressures of digital transformation and the technical debt that results from trying to keep up with innovation. We’re seeing those same pressures as the US Navy Warfare Systems Command struggles to phase out its reliance on obsolete Microsoft products. The US Navy is paying Microsoft millions of ... read more