From time and again, companies may find themselves stuck in technical debts at the end of each delivery. Technical debt happens when development teams make quick development decisions to expedite the delivery of a project or functionality. Rather than focusing on creating perfect code, companies take shortcuts to speed up the delivery process.
The result is customer dissatisfaction, and refactoring or reworking of the development process all over again. Due to such a mishap, you are therefore “technically indebted” to the customer.
Hiccups in the development process are more common than we acknowledge. The coding errors can also be subtle and may easily be overlooked. When technologies overlap each other, there can be high levels of new complexities that teams have not witnessed before.
When it comes to technical debt, the structural quality problems in the production code can cause most of your issues. It reflects the engineering acumen of an application’s architecture and coding. Structural quality characteristics can result in operational problems such as outages, slow performance, data corruption, performance degradation, and loss of compatibility with other software or hardware.
Another issue that leads to technical debt is the schedule pressure. The product management side may express the urgency to fix bugs and build new features. It is important that both the development side and the development side understand the tasks at hand and keep a clear communication channel between each other throughout the process.
With time as systems grow and evolve, architectures can degrade. As a result, the developers can get stuck in the “architectural debt.” This can cause increased maintenance costs and reduced developer productivity.
Technical debt is not a new digital age concept. It has been around for ages, ever since the developers have been producing software. Today, with more awareness, companies are now managing technical debt from fear of losing money and going bankrupt.
Unless your team excels at paying down technical debt, such as old code, bad decisions, and vestigial architectures, you likely are carrying a big burden that’s slowing you down and costing you money.
Too much technical debt can cause issues in your team’s development capabilities, resulting in poor quality code that can strain your testing team. As a result, it can hurt your team’s overall productivity.
It's not enough to dedicate developers to pay down the debt because more debt is added daily. Organizations can take various measures to prevent technical debt such as:
Intelligent Hack can help you pay down technical debt for good. We work with you directly to find solutions and we also teach your team techniques, empowering them to pay it down themselves.
We work with you in identifying the debt, help create a plan to pay it back, and train the existing developers to identify, payback old debt, and prevent new debt from recurring.