Software Debt & Design Debt Overview
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By Frances Lash | July 3, 2014
Here is a short and sweet post in a series about effective development teams. The content of the article is pretty standard technical debt overview. First, that what often prevents teams from achieving their optimal goals is their software. Software that is burdened with loose ends in the source code or where there is too ... read more
By Frances Lash | June 30, 2014
This is a really interesting post (which cites our interview with Steve McConnell on how to communicate technical debt) that delves into the culture surrounding technical debt management. Using comparisons to civil engineering and biblical references, this post goes deep into the analogy of technical debt.
The debt analogy has been used to explain to non-technical ... read more
By Frances Lash | June 25, 2014
Here’s post that was cited in the article we recommended previously (Architectural Debt and Moving to Software-defined Architectures) that gives a clear and detailed description of technical debt. Technical debt is broken down, by Steve Mconnell CEO at Construx, into two basic types: debt incurred unintentionally (the result of unplanned poor work) and debt incurred intentionally ... read more
By Alexandra Szynkarski | April 30, 2014
A comprehensive treatment of the cost and impact of technical debt on the developer, the team and the mission. This post illustrates the vicious cycle that technical debt causes for the development organizations, including frequent incidents and hot-fixes, resulting in deprecating condition of the code base. It also talks about some techniques to break out ... read more
By Alexandra Szynkarski | March 3, 2014
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The goals of this study ... read more
By Alexandra Szynkarski | February 14, 2014
Interesting post from Johanna Rothman about the cost of delay that technical debt can cause. She mentions three types of technical debt:
Insufficiently automated build systems
Insufficient automated tests
System-level software flaws
While we’re more accustomed to looking at the software flaws as the primary driver of technical debt, Johanna focused this post on a story about a large ... read more
By Alexandra Szynkarski | December 4, 2013
This blog post just came to our attention, because of the issues experienced on Dec 2 at RBS and Natwest in the UK. This post cites a BBC article that predicted something like this happening back in January. It seems the accumulation of Technical Debt has reared its ugly head again in yet another major ... read more
By Alexandra Szynkarski | November 13, 2013
This is an entertaining parable about Technical Debt from a Gartner analyst who knows how much of it lurks in the halls of IT. Read the full article here: http://blogs.gartner.com/david_norton/2013/10/25/the-debt-collectors/
By Alexandra Szynkarski | September 19, 2013
We all know that going into financial debt can be risky when not managed correctly. And although the metaphor Technical Debt may seem like a more ambiguous topic, the same terms apply.
Check out this great presentation from Lemi Orhan, Principal Engineer at Sony, who describes the pains and costs associated with taking on Technical Debt:
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By Zadia Codabux | July 26, 2013
The strategic management of technical debt has gained visibility with the increase in popularity of agile methods. Consequently, it is of extreme importance to focus research on understanding, quantifying and properly managing technical debt. In the software engineering research community, there is a lack of consensus among stakeholders regarding what technical debt really is. There ... read more