ADT01 Hacking Technical Debt


9:30am - 10:45am

Level: Introductory to Intermediate

Steve Green

Managing Member

Wirestream, LLC

Developers are often stuck evaluating only the negative artifacts of technical debt. What if you looked at the debt metaphor from the point-of-view of your business executives? Would you reach the same conclusions? This presentation demonstrates that technical debt isn't always something to be avoided. In fact, when debt is incurred responsibly, it can become a powerful tool that improves the communication between stakeholders and technologists.

As you inspect this concept, you'll learn rules and guidelines for evaluating when debt is good and when it is toxic. Once you have a firm understanding of this framework, you'll learn strategies for prudently measuring, paying, and using debt. At the end of the presentation, both developers and business stakeholders will have a new vocabulary for describing project decisions that will maximize the collaboration between both teams.

You will learn:

  • How to manage technical debt
  • How to improve business collaboration
  • How to enhance software delivery practices