Technical Debt Part 2

Following PierG‘s comments, I had further discussions with my colleagues and realised that he and I may be speaking about slightly different things. Technical debt can be generated by either of these

1. Technical debt generated from having poor safeguards such as bad testing, insufficient code reviews, no refactoring etc is bad (See Thomas Looy’s post )

2. Technical debt generated from having made a conscious decision about achieving short term fix that includes things like having stuff in a configuration file, static html page, manual workarounds etc.

One is a clear compromise on principles of working whereas other is a conscious well thought out short term fix. I suspect PierG had the former in mind when he talks about taking on technical debt as wrong.

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