Software Maintenance

The Black Hole of Technical Debt

By Frances Lash • October 26, 2015

Looking at the traditional method of software development (Waterfall) we can see a lot of shortcomings with that method of development in terms of … read more


The Symptoms and Causes of Technical Debt

By Frances Lash • October 5, 2015

In the development cycle there are many places where technical debt can rear its head and cause problems down the line for the product … 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 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


Is DevOps Good or Bad for Technical Debt Reduction?

By Frances Lash • June 18, 2015

Continuous delivery and deployment pipelines force the clean-up of inconsistencies and holes in deployment through consistent automation. It also allows for work to happen … read more


The Pressure of Digital Transformation and Subsequent Technical Debt

By Frances Lash • June 10, 2015

When planning 2015’s budget most companies left out new resources needed for a key generational shift: the change from a centralized technology support department … read more


Technical Debt: The Difference Between Standing Still and Moving Forward

By Frances Lash • June 4, 2015

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Currently, there are many businesses whose innovation and productivity are hampered by costly and inflexible information technology. Anywhere between 4-6% of a firm’s revenue … read more


The Economics of Technical Debt

By Frances Lash • June 2, 2015

Ward Cunningham introduced the technical debt metaphor as a method to highlight the potential for higher costs in product development from postponing some work … 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


6 Ways to Keep Technical Debt at Bay

By Frances Lash • May 8, 2015

It is commonly mentioned, when speaking on technical debt, that small amounts of debt incurred, if they are deliberate and well monitored, can be … read more