September 29, 2023

Technical Debt: How to Find It and Fix It

Technical debt in software is incurred when developers take shortcuts and make ill-advised technical decisions in the early phases of a project—typically in the rush to deliver something—only to be confronted with the consequences of those shortcuts later:  the need for costly and labor-intensive workarounds, high rates of bugs, and low productivity.  In this talk I will introduce the general notion of technical debt, and discuss its many manifestations and why you should care about it. Then I will zero in on a specific kind of technical debt—design debt.  I will outline the causes of design debt and briefly describe how this debt can actually be quantified.  Finally I will present two brief industrial case studies on how design debt was detected and remediated.


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