Technical Debt – A Primer

[Reading Time: 5mn – Presentation: 30mn]

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to do a presentation on Technical Debt to a panel of corporate IT managers of a large European bank.

Ward Cunningham introduced the Technical Debt financial metaphor around 20 years back, in an effort to allow non technical people to understand why money needs to be spent continually on software products. Well, I think his message is still very valuable today.
Following this presentation and the workshops and discussions which ensued, some patterns seemed to emerge.

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