How Much of a Problem is Technical Debt and What Should We Do About It?


by: Corbin Cook; Karl Jentzsch; Toni Ramos; Mike Harris

Delivering software systems and services has always been a balancing act  between delivering on time and delivering “best practices." Every so often, compromises are made on each end and, whether intentional or unintentional, technical debt is created in the process. If left unmanaged, technical debt can hinder, debilitate, and even render an entire organization obsolete. This report identifies some root causes of technical debt and then outlines what can be done to identify and manage it.

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