Code Modifications To Manage Tech Debt May Affect Other Codes

by Dan

Every software development company must make a retrospective which is based on technical debt accrual by a code. It would enable the development team to build codes which are better and agile and consider all those factors that would keep a code functional and useful as well for a long time. Such retrospection is essential to bring all the teams together including marketing as well as the stakeholders to formulate a plan and fix the faulty codes with tech defects in an articulate manner. It is done by calculating the value of time and money that is dedicated to refactoring a faulty code.

Benefits Of Remediating 

The benefits of such remediating are enjoyed either directly or indirectly by different people like the customers as well as all the teams that are related to the functionality of the code. The remediating is also necessary and beneficial to improve the performance of the system on the whole along with its quality and productivity. This means that the management team must understand the meaning and implication that tech debts might have to the functionality of the code and also know about the reality when it is left unattended and unpaid for a long time.

Different Competing Priorities

For a few development resources, there are different competing priorities. Ideally, tech debt is a silent killer of a software company and the danger of incurring it is securely hidden from the view. For some projects which are not directly related to the competitiveness of the system or the revenue to the business, the management of the company, as well as the stakeholders, may not be willing to budget for the cycles that have to be spent by the development team. Such unaddressed tech debts lead to software entropy which is the measure of the bandwidth which is not functional or available for work.

Degeneration Of Technical Environment

Tech debt can lead to the degeneration of the technical environment which is inevitable. It not only affects the software but also the infrastructure and the people associated with it which in turn slows down the productivity and velocity of the development team. The technical leaders must make the management understand about such impact by giving an example of financial debt which is an analogy which is understood better by all and can be well related also. Just like you consolidate credit cards to pay off your unmanageable multiple credit card loans on time, you should have a similar approach to tech debt even.

Obligation And Not Choice

Therefore, just like any other debt, repaying tech debt is an obligation and not your choice. There should be debt stories in the backlog which should also be identified during retrospectives as impediments. The time spent on refactoring, the interest that should be paid off all should be carefully decided so that remediating one does not affect the other codes. Therefore, the path of designing should be well chosen whether to spend longer time now and design quality code or to release bad codes quickly and spend time and money later on refactoring.

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