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Accruing Technical Debt (Agile Transformation Pain Point #18)

Rachael Wilterdink Rachael Wilterdink  |  
Jan 17, 2019
 
Everyone who works in technology probably knows that you already have a big pile of technical debt. The problem is that you are going to have to eventually pay that bill, and some of it is risky.
 
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Dig out a little every Sprint

You really need to be careful about technical debt. Every time you hack something to make it go faster and every time you slap a band-aid on something, it’s technical debt. The key is to dig out of that a little bit in every Sprint. Like picking an action item to tackle in every Sprint, you could allocate a percentage of your available capacity to tackling technical debt.
 

If you don’t…you’ll never get out

If you're digging out of that debt hole, then eventually you can get out. But if you don't dig, and you just let it pile up and up, then something's going to explode. You're going to pay the piper at some point in time, usually when you can least afford to. Try to avoid that if you can.
 

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