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Exploring the Basal Cost of software

Podcast host Neal Ford and Birgitta Böckeler | Podcast guest Georgina Giannoukou and James Lewis
October 20, 2022 | 30 min 11 sec

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Brief summary

The “Basal Cost” of software is an idea from Eduardo Ferro Aldama. The term is borrowed from biology, where the Basal Metabolic Rate refers to the number of calories a human body burns just to maintain normal functioning. Applied to software development, the concept is intended to help us pay much more attention to the long term costs — like additional complexity and maintenance — of building a new feature.


In this episode of the Technology Podcast, James Lewis and Georgina Giannoukou join hosts Neal Ford and Birgitta Böckeler to discuss the Basal Cost of software and explore how it can help organizations and software development teams better manage product and system complexity.

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