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

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The ‘Why’ of Technical Debt

By Frances Lash • October 4, 2016

Here, at On Technical Debt, we often discuss the difficulties of communicating technical debt to business stakeholders, the consequences that arise from it, and … read more


How to Avoid Technical Failure by Recognizing the Consequences of Technical Debt

By Frances Lash • September 26, 2016

This summer Southwest Airlines underwent various technical failures that led to the cancellation of 2,300 flights over the span of four days. This cost … read more


Stop Paying Back Technical Debt, Accumulate Technical Wealth

By Frances Lash • September 22, 2016

Remodelling software should be done in the same mindset under which we remodel a house: to make it last longer and run better. Companies … read more


Is The Technical Debt Metaphor Actually Helpful?

By Frances Lash • September 15, 2016

The project triangle is a well known model to many, even the most junior of software developers know it.

According to the experience of the … read more


Detecting Software Vulnerabilities with Technical Debt

By Frances Lash • August 25, 2016

Software Engineering-Technical Debt

This is a great post from the Software Engineering Institute on early software defect detections with technical debt. Schwartz, the author of the post, … read more


Integrating Innovation and Legacy Systems: Reducing Technical Debt in Digital Transformation

By Frances Lash • August 2, 2016

When it come to the struggles of undergoing digital transformation, many organizations are going about their digital transformation though a bimodal approach, and according … read more