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By Frances Lash | July 11, 2014
One of the mantras of Agile development teams is to do “just good enough” to get the job done. This is what drives the creation of architecture that meets the bare minimum requirements to function. But the “just good enough” mindset is an easy way to incur technical debt.
This is what the post, Architecture Technical ... read more
By Alexandra Szynkarski | June 18, 2014
An interesting presentation is going on tomorrow about technical debt and the “real options” to balancing short term market goals with long term stability. The process of taking out technical debt isn’t what’s difficult, knowing when you are accumulating debt and keeping track of it is the challenge. The event will be hosted by Agile Iowa ... read more
By Alexandra Szynkarski | April 8, 2014
This is a great post by Zvi Band, the Founder of Contactually who describes the trials and tribulations of Technical Debt in an early stage product. He mentions the 4 types of issues that have deeply impacted his users:
Modifications affecting overall performance (decline).
Many usability issues
Expanded design having a negative impact on form and function.
As ... read more
By Alexandra Szynkarski | February 14, 2014
Interesting post from Johanna Rothman about the cost of delay that technical debt can cause. She mentions three types of technical debt:
Insufficiently automated build systems
Insufficient automated tests
System-level software flaws
While we’re more accustomed to looking at the software flaws as the primary driver of technical debt, Johanna focused this post on a story about a large ... read more
By Alexandra Szynkarski | February 21, 2013
Welcome to the OnTechnicalDebt Expert Interview Series.
This interview will focus on the ground-level steps that should be taken in order to help IT teams deal with their Technical Debt in a pragmatic and efficient way, while working in a fast-paced Agile environment.
Today I have the pleasure of being with Johanna Rothman – she speaks and ... read more
By Leon Fayer | January 7, 2013
Many years ago I was working with a very large customer, both from user-base and traffic perspective, with a pretty interesting business model at the time. Their MO was that, “time to market” is everything. And I mean everything. With the vast majority of their initiatives they were willing to launch that day, knowing that ... read more
By Alexandra Szynkarski | November 26, 2012
Welcome to the OnTechnicalDebt Expert Interview Series. This month’s interview focuses on discussing the ways in which different areas of software debt can be tracked, particularly in an Agile environment, and how we can communicate these issues with management. This interview will give us insight into real-life IT projects and how teams are effectively dealing with Technical Debt today.
This month ... read more
By Alexandra Szynkarski | September 13, 2012
Welcome to the OnTechnicalDebt Expert Interview Series. This interview focuses on how Technical Debt can be taken on safely and managed successfully – ultimately bridging the gap between technology and business by allowing organizations to prioritize debt remediation efforts based on ROI.
This month we interviewed Ted Theodoropoulos - current president of Acrowire, a technology consulting group. He has extensive ... read more
By Alexandra Szynkarski | July 26, 2012
When operational requirements are ignored, using agile can easily bring on technical debt. A recent blog post on Codovation from Bastian Buch describes that even though it might be impossible to avoid technical debt altogether, there are 5 effective steps to help reduce and control it:
1. Involve the Product Owner: Some product owners tend to ... read more
By Jeroen Pluimers | May 24, 2012
I love this quote from Jeff Attwood on technical debt in 2009:
periodically pay down your technical debt
and the Computer Weekely article about half a year ago:
Short-term speed may come at the price of long-term delays and cost.
Lately, I find that I need to explain Debt in relation to IT and Software Development more and more often. ... read more