Technical Debt: How Much is it Really Costing

By On February 20, 2012 At 8:48 am

Technical Debt Cost

Technical Debt Cost

How much Technical Debt do we have? How do we quantify the cost? How do we measure the interest accumulated or paid off?

These are probably the most difficult questions to answer when it comes to Technical Debt. The annual CRASH Report published by CAST reports $3.61 of Technical Debt per line of code in an average application. This report gives a proxy to the level of problems carried in software code, but different types of Technical Debt do exist, and these different types of debt will not necessarily have the same cost.

This blog post from Jim Bird, experienced software development manager, lists the corresponding costs of Technical Debt that could have been accumulated in a software project. Read it here.

CAST 2014 Crash Report
A Look Into: Global Trends in the Structural Quality of Business Application Software

FREE REPORT - The data reported is from the Appmarq benchmarking repository maintained by CAST, comprising 1316 applications submitted by 212 organizations from 12 industry sectors located primarily in the United States, Europe, and India. These applications totaled approximately 706 million lines of code.

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