Managing technical debt in software-reliant systems

Nanette Brown, Yuanfang Cai, Yuepu Guo, Rick Kazman, Miryung Kim, Philippe Kruchten, Erin Lim, Alan MacCormack, Robert Nord, Ipek Ozkaya, Raghvinder Sangwan, Carolyn Seaman, Kevin Sullivan, Nico Zazworka

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Abstract

Delivering increasingly complex software-reliant systems demands better ways to manage the long-term effects of shortterm expedients. The technical debt metaphor is gaining significant traction in the agile development community as a way to understand and communicate such issues. The idea is that developers sometimes accept compromises in a system in one dimension (e.g., modularity) to meet an urgent demand in some other dimension (e.g., a deadline), and that such compromises incur a "debt": on which "interest" has to be paid and which the "principal" should be repaid at some point for the long-term health of the project. We argue that the software engineering research community has an opportunity to study and improve this concept. We can offer software engineers a foundation for managing such trade-offs based on models of their economic impacts. Therefore, we propose managing technical debt as a part of the future research agenda for the software engineering field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the FSE/SDP Workshop on the Future of Software Engineering Research, FoSER 2010
Pages47-51
Number of pages5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
EventFSE/SDP Workshop on the Future of Software Engineering Research, FoSER 2010 - Santa Fe, NM, United States
Duration: Nov 7 2010Nov 11 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of the FSE/SDP Workshop on the Future of Software Engineering Research, FoSER 2010

Other

OtherFSE/SDP Workshop on the Future of Software Engineering Research, FoSER 2010
CountryUnited States
CitySanta Fe, NM
Period11/7/1011/11/10

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software

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    Brown, N., Cai, Y., Guo, Y., Kazman, R., Kim, M., Kruchten, P., Lim, E., MacCormack, A., Nord, R., Ozkaya, I., Sangwan, R., Seaman, C., Sullivan, K., & Zazworka, N. (2010). Managing technical debt in software-reliant systems. In Proceedings of the FSE/SDP Workshop on the Future of Software Engineering Research, FoSER 2010 (pp. 47-51). (Proceedings of the FSE/SDP Workshop on the Future of Software Engineering Research, FoSER 2010). https://doi.org/10.1145/1882362.1882373