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Architectural Technical Debt Library

Delivering increasingly complex software-reliant systems demands better ways to manage the long-term effects of short-term expedients known as technical debt.

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Software Engineering Institute

Abstract

Getting Started

Delivering increasingly complex software-reliant systems demands better ways to manage the long-term effects of short-term expedients. The technical debt metaphor is gaining significant traction as a way to understand and communicate these issues. Often when a particular symptom in a system is described as technical debt, it's not just the code quality that is bad, but it's also accumulating problems that happen in terms of architectural changes that have occurred throughout the system's development. We see increasing industry interest and the emergence of related practices in an effort to handle maintainability, degrading quality, and strategic time-to market tradeoffs that the technical debt metaphor reifies.

 

SATURN Blog

Highlight: "Links: Ipek Ozkaya on Technical Debt, Agile, and Architecture"
Practices intended to speed up the delivery of value to users often result in high rework costs that ultimately offset the benefits of faster delivery, especially when good engineering practices are forgotten along the way.

http://saturnnetwork.wordpress.com/tag/technical-debt

 

SEI Blog

Highlight:"Developing an Architecture-Focused Measurement Framework for Management of Technical Debt"

http://blog.sei.cmu.edu/archives.cfm/category/technical-debt

 

Integrating Technical Debt Management with Software Development Practice

Industry and government stakeholders continue to demand increasingly rapid innovation and the ability to adjust products and systems to emerging needs. Amidst all the enthusiasm towards meeting these needs, the critical role of the underlying architecture is often overlooked. These articles focus on the architecture principles and practices that support rapid delivery while managing technical debt.

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Technical Debt Research Agenda

The SEI focuses on managing debt as an agile software architecture strategy. Specifically, SEI researchers are focusing on identifying any implications to the cost of architectural changes. Architectural technical debt is a design or construction approach that's expedient in the short term, but that creates a technical context in which the same work requires architectural rework and costs more to do later than it would cost to do now (including increased cost over time). A unifying perspective is emerging of technical debt as the invisible results of past decisions about software that affect its future. The effect can be negative in the form of poorly managed risks, but if properly managed can be seen in a positive light to add value in the form of deferred investment opportunities. A gap in the existing approaches and tools is a way to extract architectural metrics that can assist understanding the accumulating rework and degrading quality.

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