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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

 

Why Your Manager Loves Technical Debt

By Frances Lash • November 30, 2015

This is a great interview of Caskey Dickinson about his upcoming talk Why Your Manager LOVES Technical Debt and What to Do About It. Dickinson talks … read more

 

Defining Technical Debt: What It Is and What It Is Not

By Frances Lash • November 23, 2015

There is always a battle between the amount of time you have to get things done and the amount of work you have to … read more

 

How Far is the Healthcare Industry Lagging with its Technology?

By Frances Lash • November 2, 2015

Healthcare companies, whether they be hospitals or insurers, are just as susceptible to the effects of technical debt as any other company that has … 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

 

The Short Memory of Lessons Learned in Technical Debt

By Frances Lash • July 15, 2015

Looking at the events of last week – the technical freezes at the New York Stock Exchange, United Airlines, and the Wall Street Journal … 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 Bunny Theory of Code: Keeping Poor Quality Code from Multiplying

By Frances Lash • May 27, 2015

This is a post that discusses a type of technical debt that arises when bad quality code finds it way into the source control. … read more

 

A Look at Technical Debt: The Code Monster in Your Closet

By Frances Lash • May 15, 2015

This is post is based on presentation made at the PyCon 2015 conference in Montreal by Nina Zakharenko: 
Technical Debt is the result of a … read more

 

Is Tracking Technical Debt A Waste Of Time?

By Frances Lash • February 26, 2015

Tracking technical debt in the development backlog is meant to make the costs and risks of the technical debt taken on visible; prioritizing debt … read more