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Managing Technical Debt: Credit Check

September 2022 Fact Sheet

This fact sheet outlines the costs of technical debt and explains how a Technical Debt Credit Check reveals the causes of technical debt and how to manage it.

Publisher:

Software Engineering Institute

Abstract

When a design or construction approach is efficient in the short term but increases complexity and cost in the long term, technical debt occurs. Left unrecognized and unmanaged, technical debt drives up development and sustainment costs. Conducting a Technical Debt Credit Check reveals the causes of technical debt, determines whether the debt will continue to grow, and provides recommendations for managing it.