Accession Number : AD1015409

Title :   Technical Debt: Towards a Crisper Definition. Report on the 4th International Workshop on Managing Technical Debt

Descriptive Note : Journal Article

Corporate Author : Carnegie Mellon University -Software Engineering Institute Pittsburgh United States

Personal Author(s) : Kruchten,Philippe ; Nord,Robert L ; Ozkaya,Ipek ; Falessi,Davide

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Report Date : 01 Sep 2013

Pagination or Media Count : 4

Abstract : As the pace of software delivery increases and technology rapidlychanges, organizations seek guidance on how to insure the sustainabilityof their software development effort. Over the past four years runningthe workshops on Managing Technical Debt, we have seen increasedinterest from the software industry to understanding and managingtechnical debt. A better understanding of the concept of technical debt,and how to approach it, both from a theoretical and a practicalperspective is necessary to advance its state of the art and practice. Inthis paper, we highlight the current confusion in industry on thedefinition of technical debt, their contributions that have led to a deeperunderstanding of this concept and the limits of the metaphor, the criteriato discriminate what is technical debt and not, and areas of furtherinvestigation.

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE