Technical Debt - It's There
Nobody likes to admit it, but sometimes you know it's there. This site provides tools and
resources to help you identify, define, and manage your technical debt.
Technical Debt in the Headlines
“Denver Airport Saw the Future. It Didn’t Work,” reports New York Times. After estimated losses of $500M per month due to a delayed opening, massive problems plagued the Denver Airport automated baggage handling system, resulting in jammed baggage carts and mutilated and lost bags.
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Financial Costs of Low Success Rates: “… a recent review estimated that a phenomenal US$150 billion per annum was attributable to wastage arising from IT project failures in the Unites States, with a further US$140 billion in the European Union.”
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Analyze Your Code
Find out where the technical debt lives in your codebase with our free online tool. Developed by systems engineers and researchers at MIT and Harvard, Code MRI provides a snapshot of your code. You’ll get insight into bugs and spaghetti code/”furballs” quickly and easily.
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Cost of Complexity
In this webinar, Dan Sturtevant talks about measuring architectural complexity across a large commercial software codebase as well as the different risks incurred by the firm that developed and maintained it.
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Professors Alan MacCormack and Carliss Baldwin describe complexity analysis methods in this Harvard Business School working paper, “Hidden Structure: Using Network Methods to Map System Architecture.”
Evolution of The Firefox Codebase
Evolution of the Firefox Codebase presents a set of metrics for all releases of Firefox that are indicative of quality and allows one to inspect them through one of several views. By looking at changes in these metrics, one can see the evolution of the Firefox codebase over time.
“Shipping first time code is like going into debt. A little debt speeds development so long as it is paid back promptly with a rewrite… The danger occurs when the debt is not repaid. Every minute spent on not-quite-right code counts as interest on that debt. “ – Ward Cunningham, 1992
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