Agile Development

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In Praise of Doing Agile the Right Way

By Frances Lash | September 17, 2015

Agile has become an increasingly useful methodology for CIOs who need to meet the rapidly evolving demands of digital businesses. Where other traditional methods, like waterfall, failed to be responsive enough for the new digital environment that these businesses operate in – agile has been able to fill that void. However, the most important thing to ... read more

Is The Impact Of Technical Debt The Same Everywhere?

By Frances Lash | May 11, 2015
Technical debt is defined, in this post, as any code that impedes agility as a project matures. This is an important definition to keep in mind as the following attitude towards technical debt is discussed. One of the reasons that so many start ups fail is because they take too long to get their product to market, and ... read more

6 Ways to Keep Technical Debt at Bay

By Frances Lash | May 8, 2015

It is commonly mentioned, when speaking on technical debt, that small amounts of debt incurred, if they are deliberate and well monitored, can be useful to any development team. However, it is always best to avoid technical debt as it can be easily forgotten about and has negative consequences as a byproduct of its presence ... read more

A Technical Debt Reduction Plan

By Frances Lash | May 7, 2015

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Technical debt can bog down any organization that attempts to be agile. If too much of the IT budget is spent on maintenance and not on innovation and development, productivity will decline sharply. The example used in this post is Telefonica in Spain; the company freed around 14 billion Euros and 18%  of the total ... read more

Microservice Architectures and Cutting Down Technical Debt

By Frances Lash | April 2, 2015

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This post seeks to respond to a question on how to  restructure a poorly formulated monolith, and whether reformulating it into another poorly formulated set of microservices is ever the correct answer. This question is used to highlight the idea that a team which is incapable of creating a well structured monolith probably won’t be ... read more

Technical Debt – It Is Not Inevitable

By Frances Lash | March 25, 2015

This post beings with an interesting statement: that in a start up environment technical debt often feels inevitable. Technical debt can be seen as a function of moving fast, minimum variable products (MVP), prototypes, agile practices, and of releasing the product to market as soon as possible. The idea of using a minimum variable product to ... read more

How DevOps Can Cut Innovation-Crushing Technical Debt

By Frances Lash | February 23, 2015

Information Week
In this post, technical debt management is looked at from a DevOps approach. Technical debt is defined here, as the price organizations pay when releasing poorly designed code. Companies that collect a large amount of technical debt are in risk of running into a situation where any innovation takes a backseat to putting out fires. ... read more

Is Technical Debt breaking the Software Development bank balance?

By Frances Lash | February 2, 2015

Computer Weekly
Is technical debt still a valid metaphor in the present global software development world? The answer is yes, and this post goes on to present the benefits of such a metaphor while explaining just what technical debt is exactly. There is a growing concern on tech debt not simply because of the costs associated with ... read more

The Three Kinds of Code: Divergent Perceptions about Cost

By Frances Lash | January 5, 2015

This post discusses the three categories of code that can be found within a certain project and that confusion about them plus a misunderstanding about their actual cost can lead to trouble. The three categories of code follow: Temporary Code: or code written to throw away within a day or week – if it breaks it’s ... read more

Not all Technical Debt should be Treated Equally

By Frances Lash | December 30, 2014

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The on going management of technical debt has become viewed as critical for the development of high quality and maintainable software, even by those who promote agile development processes. This consideration for tech debt management has contradicted the notion that development decisions should almost exclusively be driven by business value because of the difficulty of ... read more