Software Debt & Design Debt Overview

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Technical Debt Study

By Alexandra Szynkarski | March 3, 2014

Technical Debt Study
Research on Technical Debt helps us understand how to manage it better! If you deal with technical debt on a daily basis, spend 15 minutes filling in this quick survey : Dear Participant, In an effort to understand software practitioner perceptions of technical debt, we are requesting your participation in our research study. The goals of this study ... read more

Cost of Delay Due to Technical Debt

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

Technical Debt

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

The Debt Collectors

By Alexandra Szynkarski | November 13, 2013

Technical Debt Collectors
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: read more

Technical Debt: Do Not Under-Estimate the Danger

By Alexandra Szynkarski | September 19, 2013

Technical Debt Don't underestimate the danger
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: ... read more

Are We There Yet? Thoughts on Technical Debt Research and Practice

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

Technical Debt for the Businessman

By Alexandra Szynkarski | June 14, 2013

Technical Debt for Businessman
The great thing about the term Technical Debt is that it’s easily understood by all stakeholders in a company. For those that do not work in IT, the association of “debt” with the “technical” remains something we can all relate to. However, the term does not explicitly describe how it can affect the business of ... read more

Visualizing Technical Debt

By Tomas Malmsten | April 2, 2013

Visualizing Technical Debt
Technical Debt is something most teams struggle with in one way or other. One of the more common issues I encounter is how to visualize the actual cost of technical debt in a way that the business stakeholders understand. To achieve this I have used a special product backlog type with some additional data. The debt needs to be ... read more

Prioritizing Your Technical Debt

By Alexandra Szynkarski | March 11, 2013

Mounting Technical Debt
Steve Garnett from Ripple Rock (an IT consulting company that assists customers in improving their software development capabilities) is one of many who has experienced Technical Debt on a project he worked on in the past. His new blog post captures a common problem: you know the Technical Debt is there, you know that it’s going to ... read more

Convincing My Manager to Deal With Technical Debt

By Alexandra Szynkarski | February 25, 2013

StackExchange Technical Debt
A question was recently posted on StackExchange asking the following: “Should I try to persuade my manager that code tidying should take priority over meeting deadlines?” And if so, what is the best way to go about it? The answers that have been posted in response to this question have brought up a common dilemma: How ... read more