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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

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

Managing Technical Debt with Agile: Care About Your Code

By Frances Lash | October 14, 2014

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Managing technical debt is easiest when there is an outline to help your development team discuss how classify and prevent technical debt. This post does just that. Technical debt is classified in several ways according to Martin Fowler’s tech debt quadrant (prudent and deliberate debt; reckless and deliberate debt; reckless and inadvertent debt; prudent and ... read more

Using Agile Techniques to Pay Back Technical Debt

By Frances Lash | September 19, 2014

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Acknowledging that some form of technical debt exists in every codebase is paramount to managing debt and staying in “the black”. Asides from the fact that technical debt kills productivity thus leading to economic downsides, there exists a psychological downside to technical debt. If a developer dreads dealing with code that is brittle and filled ... read more

Technical Debt: Do’s and Don’ts

By Frances Lash | September 2, 2014

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This is a kind of ‘wiki-how’ on how to manage technical debt in an agile environment – the right way. Not that there is one right way, but there are a few basics that this article points out. Technical debt, like any other debt should be budgeted in the release and iteration planning. Ultimately, the ... read more

Meta-Architecture: The Solution to Architecture Technical Debt?

By Frances Lash | July 11, 2014

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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

“Real Options” for Technical Debt

By Alexandra Szynkarski | June 18, 2014

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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

Technical Debt Red October

By Alexandra Szynkarski | April 8, 2014

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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). Frequent Bugs Many usability issues Expanded design having a negative impact on form and function. As ... read more

Cost of Delay Due to Technical Debt

By Alexandra Szynkarski | February 14, 2014

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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