Software Debt & Design Debt Overview

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Effective Teams; Always Releasable

By Frances Lash | July 3, 2014

CoC vs. Responsiveness to change
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

Technical Debt 101: More Haste, Less Speed

By Frances Lash | June 30, 2014

Brazilian Favelas
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

Technical Debt: What, Why, and How

By Frances Lash | June 25, 2014

steve mconnell
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

Technical Debt – Breaking the Poor Development Cycle

By Alexandra Szynkarski | April 30, 2014

Technical Debt Cycle
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

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