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Technical Debt – What Can You Do

By Frances Lash | November 28, 2014

It is often suggested that businesses seek to create minimal viable products. In other words, to only develop the most important core features that allow for the prompt delivery of a product making time to market the most important factor in product development. The inherent problem with this approach is that there has been a ... read more

Why is Programming so Hard? – Incidental and Accidental Complexity

By Frances Lash | November 25, 2014

Accidental complexity can be referred to as technical debt or sometimes spoken about as incidental complexity – ultimately there is a difference between conscious and unconscious sources of poor code. If it is deliberately decided to deliver suboptimal products, there is a perceived hurry to ship to market. If there is a strong enough incentive ... read more

Pay Yourself First: The Art Of Reducing Technical Debt

By Frances Lash | November 17, 2014

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Technical debt acts as negative interest on your time that continues to accrue while you work. Here is a post that goes beyond this definition in order to come up with a ‘pay yourself first’ technique to reducing technical debt overtime. The example of technical debt given in this post is when in one case software ... read more

The Problem With “Technical Debt” And Other Agile Terms

By Frances Lash | November 12, 2014

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Technical debt, as a term, serves to incentivize change within app and portfolio management. However, it fails to translate with business leaders, therefore failing to push through with the change it seeks to promote. In this post, Phil Murphy expands on his love/hate relationship with the term; lauding the “sentiment for change” it inspires, but ... read more

The Broken Windows Theory of Technical Debt

By Frances Lash | November 6, 2014

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Technical debt is often treated as an afterthought; teams convince themselves that they have taken into account the extra time and effort required to address tech debt in their planning, making it easy to justify carrying debt for a long time. One way to explain the side effects of carrying on small amounts of technical ... read more

Good and Bad Technical Debt

By Frances Lash | November 3, 2014

Technical debt is usually always referred to in a negative sense, whether it be how to avoid it or how to get rid of it. However, here is a post that distinguishes between good and bad technical debt. This post makes the point that in most systems, when graphing their technical debt curve it consistently ... read more

Technical Debt Takes Many Forms

By Frances Lash | October 30, 2014

Most know the term technical debt in the way that it slows down development and can cause architectural problems, however, this post does well in pointing out other manifestations of the term that also need to be considered under the umbrella of tech debt. Dead Code, for example, should be considered a form of debt. When ... read more

Technical Debt – Out of the Red and Into the Black

By Frances Lash | October 29, 2014

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CIOs often feel that the rest of their business doesn’t understand the constraints that they are working with, as they are asked to do more when only one fifth of their IT budgets are available for transformation. Here the concept of technical debt can be harnessed by the CIO to highlight issues facing them and ... read more

Measuring and Managing Technical Debt – A CISQ Presentation

By Frances Lash | October 23, 2014

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CISQ is the Consortium for IT Software Quality, a special interest group of the Object Management Group organized to create standards for measuring software quality, including the definition of technical debt and factors that influence it: security, performance, reliability, and maintainability.  A few months ago the Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ) had a presentation on ... read more

Faster Software Development with (Smart) Technical Debt

By Frances Lash | October 16, 2014

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Technical debt often arouses bad associations in developers’ minds because so often when the term is brought up, it is almost always a bad thing. Here is a post that presents an argument for using technical debt as a business tool and the steps that must be taken to use it as thus. Much of ... read more