Software Debt & Design Debt Overview
Join the Technical Debt bloggers in discussions about their thoughts on Software Debt, its impact on code and on the business. If you are interested in blogging for us, let us know!
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:
... read more
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
By Alexandra Szynkarski | June 14, 2013
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
By Tomas Malmsten | April 2, 2013
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
By Alexandra Szynkarski | March 11, 2013
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
By Alexandra Szynkarski | February 25, 2013
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
By Alexandra Szynkarski | February 11, 2013
I recently read a blog post by Cynthia Maxwell, about how important it is to hire A-players to avoid Technical Debt. She’s seen plenty of cases where founders of start-ups have recruited average and inconsistent B-players (as opposed to self-sufficient A-players) to work on their IT systems. Most of the time it results in months ... read more
By Alexandra Szynkarski | January 14, 2013
Living with Technical Debt is possible, as long as it is measured and monitored correctly. This presentation from Sam Pullara (to the First Round Capital CTO Summit in October 2012) is a good synopsis of what Technical Debt means and what the debt could encompass from software architecture to security.
To add to the presentation, here ... read more