Business Risk

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


Building Your Software House with Big Data, Reliability, and Technical Debt

By Frances Lash • May 13, 2016

Software is like a house.
How so?
According to Lev Lesokhin, senior vice president of strategy and analytics at CAST, a house has to be continuously … read more


UK Banking at risk of IT Failure and Technical Debt

By Frances Lash • May 9, 2016

In this post, there is a distinct warning being made to banks in the UK: another banking outage, similar to RBS major failure in … read more


How To Rescue Legacy Code Through Refactoring

By Frances Lash • April 4, 2016

When working on a legacy codebase, you might start to wonder how anyone could have ever let it get to be such a mess. … read more


How Innovation Debt Is Just As Damaging as Technical Debt

By Frances Lash • February 1, 2016

Often times in the development process large amounts of technical debt result in stalled innovation from a given team. However, what happens when what … read more


Maintaining Technical Debt and Team Morale in a Large System

By Frances Lash • January 28, 2016

In this post from InfoQ, Thomas Bradford explains his experience on working with a monolith java-based system that had improper test coverage and huge … read more


Technical Debt & Risk: One and the Same

By Frances Lash • January 6, 2016

Technical debt is a very important concept to developers that is often lost on the management end. Developers use the concept to describe the … read more


Technical Debt is not only a “Technical” Problem

By Frances Lash • July 6, 2015

A question that is not asked often, and less often answered, about technical debt is: who must you pay and how?
This question is vital … read more


The US Navy Pays the Price for Faltering on Innovation

By Frances Lash • June 24, 2015

About two weeks ago, we posted an article on the pressures of digital transformation and the technical debt that results from trying to keep up with … read more


The Conflict Between Regulatory Compliance and Velocity

By Frances Lash • June 15, 2015

Regulation is a fact for every financial institution, which can be a challenge when competitive pressures are mounting –  but this is no more … read more