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Software Debt

I hear a lot of discussion about “Technical Debt” on the Internet. I recently ran across a blog1) that talked about broadening the scope to include other forms of software debt. I believe that the other areas of software debt are just as important as technical debt.

  • Technical Debt: taking short cuts, folding under pressure, deferring work, duplication – the copy-and-paste problem.
  • Quality Debt: not enough attention to quality, not enough tests, not taking responsibility for fixing bugs.
  • Configuration Management Debt: mistakes and inefficient practices in version management, build, deployment and release practices.
  • Design Debt: under-designing and over-designing – expect to get the design right the third time.
  • Platform Experience Debt: not sharing information, over-specialization
Bird, J. (2011, January 27). There's more to Managing Software Debt. Retrieved November 8, 2011, from
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