IT Debt

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


Managing Code Quality and Technical Debt

By Frances Lash • April 26, 2016

Technical debt is often given a bad name in the development process. This stems from the fact that when it becomes a topic of … read more


How Technical Debt Can Help You Be Innovative

By Frances Lash • February 22, 2016

Vision is a term often employed to describe leaders: i.e “they have vision” or “they are visionaries”. But vision itself is a rather arbitrary … read more


The Prisoner’s Dilemma and Technical Debt

By Frances Lash • October 1, 2015

The prisoner’s dilemma is a great theoretical game showing the value in cooperation. If you’re new to the concept it works like this:

Two prisoner’s … read more


Managing Technical Debt At Google

By Frances Lash • May 6, 2015

This post is based on an interesting paper about managing technical debt at Google.
The corporation’s source code is more than hundreds of millions LOC … read more


How To Calculate Technical Debt: A Top-Down Approach

By Frances Lash • February 25, 2015

As business leaders become more involved with IT investment decisions many CIOs have found it more difficult to receive funding for maintenance of applications … read more


What’s Your IBM i Application Debt? – How To Start App Modernization

By Frances Lash • December 26, 2014

In a survey conducted by Micro Focus it was estimated that mainframe shops around the world average around $11 million in application debt; the … read more


Inheriting Bad Code: How to Fix and Prevent it

By Frances Lash • December 16, 2014

Tech Debt Management Process

In this presentation by Kimber Lockhart, as part of the Hack Summit (the virtual conference for programers), she discusses what to do once you’ve … read more


Technical Debt: What it is and why should you care?

By Frances Lash • December 1, 2014

Technical debt is often directly responsible for many problems that occur when building high quality software quickly – especially as companies move towards more … read more


The Problem With “Technical Debt” And Other Agile Terms

By Frances Lash • November 12, 2014

Technical debt, as a term, serves to incentivize change within app and portfolio management. However, it fails to translate with business leaders, therefore failing … read more