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The Ticking Time-bomb of Technical Debt

CTO Brian Walsh delves into the ticking time-bomb that is Technical Debt and effective ways to diffuse it.

Brian Walsh
Brian Walsh

Aug 30, 2023

Have you ever had a software project fail or stall because of accumulated technical debt? You're not alone. In fact, it's one of the major reasons why software projects struggle.

Technical debt is like a ticking time bomb. It grows silently in the background, and if left unchecked, can bring down even the most promising projects. This hidden cost occurs when we take shortcuts, use outdated technology, or compromise on code quality.


The key to success is regularly reviewing and addressing technical debt, ensuring the long-term health of your project. Here are some tips to help you tackle this challenge:


- Schedule regular code reviews: Make it a priority to evaluate your codebase for areas that need improvement. This will help you identify and resolve issues before they become unmanageable. 

- Invest in automation: Utilize tools like code linters and static analyzers to help identify and fix technical debt automatically, ensuring that your code remains up-to-date and maintainable. 

- Encourage a culture of quality: Educate your team about the importance of addressing technical debt and instill a sense of ownership for the code they write. 

- Plan for refactoring: Allocate time in your project schedule for refactoring and cleanup, ensuring that your codebase remains clean and maintainable. 

- Track technical debt: Create a backlog of technical debt items and prioritize them based on the impact and effort required to resolve them.


Remember, the longer you let technical debt accumulate, the harder it becomes to manage. Don't let it be the silent killer of your software projects. Proactively address it and watch your projects thrive!


Need assistance in getting your projects back on track? Let's have a deeper discussion. Contact me directly at brian.walsh@interclypse.com or 443-459-4600. We're here to help!

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