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When Technical Debt Is Better Than Clean Code

By Frances Lash | June 22, 2015

Follow Up to Technical Debt as a Tool
It is often mentioned, when reading about technical debt, that taking on debt can be appropriate and even beneficial in certain situations. However, what are the criteria that can be used to define which scenario is good for technical debt and which is not? This post gives a good answer to that question. There are ... 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 between development, test, and production phases, which makes code easier to manage and reduces the risk of a security or operations issues. The DevOps approach can also enable the easy payment ... read more

The Causes Of Technical Debt Do Not Exist In A Vacuum

By Frances Lash | June 17, 2015

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Time to market pressures are often identified as one of the key causes of technical debt. This results in a tension between releasing a poor quality application early and releasing a high quality one late. The advantages of releasing a product sooner rather than later can be immense and extremely beneficial for a business – and in the rapidly ... 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 is spent on IT – a figure that has grown in recent years. This growth in the expense of IT can be attributed to neglect, poorly executed integrations, and the rapid ... 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 on software in order to release other parts faster. The comparison between financial debt and the term technical debt was meant to demonstrate the eventual need to complete postponed work and ... 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. As with other types of technical debt, the bunny theory of code described in this post, multiplies itself until it is found in all areas of the source code. A high value ... read more

Understanding the Trade-offs that Lead to Technical Debt

By Frances Lash | May 18, 2015

A recent 6 month project, by TweetDeck, to reduce technical debt resulted in this post on the lessons learned from their process. Technical debt is defined, by the author, as the sum of all constraints, trade offs, and compromises made by every engineer from the conception of a project to its end. However, technical debt ... 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 sequence of poor decisions that developers take when they use more resources to accomplish less. No developer is immune to technical debt. Technical debt can be caused by making rookie mistakes ... read more

A Scorecard for Technical Debt

By Frances Lash | May 14, 2015

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Corporate technology debt (which we will refer to as technical debt) is usually the result of not considering the future effort needed after shortcuts misfire. Recently, CFOs have been taking on the responsibility of IT function, with some IT departments reporting directly to the CFO or relying on them for spending approval. Therefore, awareness of ... read more

Is The Impact Of Technical Debt The Same Everywhere?

By Frances Lash | May 11, 2015

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Technical debt is defined, in this post, as any code that impedes agility as a project matures. This is an important definition to keep in mind as the following attitude towards technical debt is discussed. One of the reasons that so many start ups fail is because they take too long to get their product to market, and ... read more