Categorization & prioritization of technical debt
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Published: Jan 31, 2011
Last Updated: Mar 16, 2012
Technical debt is a powerful and useful metaphor for dealing with the compromises we make when building software. Unfortunately it has become a catch-all term for many different kinds of issues and problems, leading to confusion and “devaluation” of the term. A very useful approach for dealing with this is catagorization of technical debt, assigning value and prioritizing debt payback in an analogous way to user stories. This helps the team focus on the most important areas and keeps issues transparent and measurable.