• Jul 28 2017

    Maintain the Ongoing Quality of Key Applications

    BY: Donald Bickel
    Learn about the tactics and goals we will apply in 2017 to keep the ongoing quality of our key applications high in the latest post in this multi post series.
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  • Jul 28 2016

    Dealing with Technical Debt

    BY: Donald Bickel
    Hopefully by now it has become apparent that it is nearly impossible to avoid accumulating technical debt while building software and systems. The question is not so much whether or not you are going to take on technical debt but rather how quickly, what kind and what you are going to do about it in the long term.
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  • Jun 30 2016

    Identifying Technical Debt

    BY: Donald Bickel
    Naïve/Reckless/Unintentional Technical Debt aka Mess Naïve Debt, Reckless Debt and Unintentional debt are different names for a form of technical debt that accrues due to irresponsible behavior or immature practices on the part of the people involved. In our experience it is very rare to find this kind of technical debt stemming from conscious irresponsible development behavior. However, it is very common to find this kind of debt originating from developers not trained in current and robust development techniques, when little architectural planning has taken place or the toolchain the development team uses is immature.
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  • May 19 2016

    Technical Debt – Deal with it Now or It'll Deal With You: Part I

    BY: Donald Bickel
    Technical debt, while over two decades old, is a term very much of the essence in this age of Agile development, Lean startups, Minimum Viable Products and DevOps practices. Technical debt has been a phenomenon since the first mainframe punchcard but with a much broader swath of our economy being dominated by businesses viewing themselves as “software companies” and “product development” referring to software more often than any durable good, an increasingly broad set of stakeholders feel the effects of technical debt.
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