Technical debt is a metaphor for the eventual consequences of poor software architecture and software development within a codebase.

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Is excessive technical debt a valid reason to quit a dev job? [closed]

Before I started my job, I was told ahead of time in the interview that the company had a lot of technical debt. I sort of ignored this because I was in a really tough situation and I needed the job ...
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How to balance quality vs. speed during the development process [closed]

I've been in the professional software development world for over 5 years now. An intense frustration that I've had over the years is when a software product that I'm working on turns out unstable, ...
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How to approach legacy code? Desperate case [duplicate]

I have a methodological question. I am faced with a reasonably large legacy system (Java Enterprise). I am new to its codebase -as everybody in the team- since it's a product we had in outsourcing ...
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Should points of tech debt be counted in a team's velocity?

Tech debt doesn't have a direct business value until the improvements are seen against other stories being delivered quicker. Achieving or failing sprints affects morale and delivery in the long run ...
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How to measure the potential value of refactoring

On an old, large project with technical debt how can you reliably estimate or measure the benefit of refactoring code? For example, say you have some components within a software stack solution ...
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How to work with a messy codebase and client [duplicate]

A client came to me with some features he wanted implementing. Easy enough to do what he asked. He paid me, I agreed to start on the start date and finish in 3 weeks. The code base is a disaster. It ...
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Why sacrificing good software engineering practices is typically the first choice for software development projects assuming “good enough” quality [duplicate]

I have observed a correlation between a customer ordering software of "good enough" quality and the same customer not willing to pay for good engineering practices (unit testing, code reviews and the ...
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How to deal with product owner who refuses to follow UI design rules

We develop Android application. We base on old version of similar application developed in our company. This old application was designed by some noobs which didn't follow UI Android design rules. ...
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What can be done when you are the only person to care about consistency? [closed]

After reading this question I may have a partial answer to the issue at hand, but I'd like to explore the issue further. I seem to be the only person on my team (a team of 6 people working on an ...
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Why are deadlines always so short? [duplicate]

I'm a junior developer in a small company (in a team of 2 developers). Everytime we are asked to implement a new feature: the deadline is set so that we just have time to do the development: there ...
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Project is nearly done, but procedural spaghetti code. Do I rewrite or just keep trying to ship it? [closed]

I'm a beginner web developer (one year of experience). A couple of weeks after graduating, I got offered a job to build a web application for a company whose owner is not much of a tech guy. He ...
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Dealing with technical debt and nearing release

Say you have a project that is a tangled mess. No code structure and breaking one area breaks the entire thing. Fixing one area breaks another area. The closest you can fix things is writing the code ...
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Fighting technical debt as the “lowest developer”?

Let's say you work for a company and what you do is develop software for them. You have no idea of the big picture or maybe slight. What you do have are tasks assigned to you via issue tracking ...
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How can I explain this is an anti-pattern? [closed]

I recently started at a new job. The existing system works OK but is poorly designed and hard to maintain, and they are planning to rebuild it in MVC and I fear it will be much worse. (Not because ...
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Next steps for developing new product [duplicate]

I was hired about a year ago as the lead (well, really the only) developer on a new project/product we will call product "B". Product B was designed to pursue a new market for the company. This ...
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Is there a named anti pattern for historically grown software? [closed]

Is there an anti pattern that describes a historically grown software system where multiple developers just added new features to the system but no one really kept an eye on the overall architecture ...
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Lean Startup MVP: Quality Code or Quick and Dirty [duplicate]

Hello some programmers might know about the lean philosophy, building a minimal viable product Lean Startup MVP. I ask myself (when building Webapps): "Should I put effort into writing good ...
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Arguments to non-technical manager for program upgrade [duplicate]

My situation: I'm currently intern in a big company, developing an automation tool (for company internal use only). There are about 30 persons in the team, but we are only 3 developers, all interns ...
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Considerations before rewriting a software component from scratch? [duplicate]

A piece of software is a patchwork of old and undocumented efforts. There are no comments, no documentation, and the code is hairy -- it involves Unix shell scripts that check for dummy files and then ...
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Disillusioned with agile; how do you prepare for life after release 1.1? [closed]

My company is going full steam with the agile process, with multiple agile projects in work. The first agile team, the proof of concept, carried the product through release and the first post ...
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Are bugs part of technical debt?

Our Scrum Master keeps referring to bugs as technical debt. Is he right, are bugs considered to be technical debt in the world of Agile?
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Is it sometimes reasonable to cut corners and expect to re-write software in a couple of years? [duplicate]

I work for an organization with one developer (me) and one DBA. When I started, the previous developer had developed applications that had bad architectural practices and it was getting and more time ...
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Refactor working code for reuse or duplicate?

I have always avoided duplicating code regardless of the circumstance. For example, if I have a working piece of functionality that needs to be re-used by different entities, I always refactor to ...
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Writing Large Portions Of Code Then Debugging?

Lately I have been writing a game engine, and I have been writing a lot of "foundation stuff" (standard interfaces, modules, a message system ect.), but I have noticed a pattern, a lot of the stuff is ...
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Agile: When to re-factor and when to extend while accruing technical debt? [duplicate]

Consider the following scenario. You currently have a feature set A you wish to extend to include feature set B. In the near feature there's a high possibility that you wish to extend this even ...
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How to deal with too much pragmatism in the project? [duplicate]

My team and I took over a medium sized codebase over a year ago when the previous tech lead left the company. Originating from the lack of man power I fear we favored pragmatic solutions over best ...
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Should I try to persuade my manager that code tidying should take priority over meeting deadlines? [duplicate]

My manager has tight deadlines to meet. The current project I am working on is currently on schedule, but I've noticed a couple of quite significant areas in the code that are really badly written. ...
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How To Explain Need to Refactor Code to Non-Developer Boss [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you explain refactoring to a non-technical person? How to justify code refactoring time? My supervisor is the CTO of the company that I work at, he is the jack ...
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How is technical debt best measured? What metric(s) are most useful? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I quantify the amount of technical debt that exists in a project? If I wanted to help a customer understand the degree of technical debt in his application, what ...
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What to do when you inherit an unmaintainable codebase? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Techniques to re-factor garbage and maintain sanity? I've inherited 200K lines of spaghetti code — what now? I'm currently working at a company with 2 other ...
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How do “custom software companies” deal with technical debt?

What are "custom software companies"? By "custom software companies" I mean companies that make their money primarily from building custom, one off, bits of software. Example are agencies or ...
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Agile estimation with tech-debt

When estimating (story points) a story that consists on extending a current functionality with a known tech-debt, should we consider the effort that will be spent to refactor the current code or ...
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How can I quantify the amount of technical debt that exists in a project?

Does anyone know if there is some kind of tool to put a number on technical debt of a code base, as a kind of code metric? If not, is anyone aware of an algorithm or set of heuristics for it? If ...
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How can I communicate the risks of altering vendor software?

We have a major problem where I work, and it's name is "customization". We have an old (10+ years) vendor software system that our IT and accounting departments previously loved to customize. ...
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Dealing with management that does not see value in improvements that are not immediately visible to the user

I can understand schedule pressure. You want to please your users, as they are the lifeblood of the company. However, it is also true that certain changes will make everything easier down the road. ...
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How to introduce a new pattern into an existing codebase? [duplicate]

In my quest to better my development skills I learn new design patterns. In sample projects or personal projects it's really easy to adapt new patterns into my code. However at work I have a large ...
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Seperating business logic and layout in a highly interlocked project

My company is developing software that has a lot of technical debt that has existed for more than 20 years. It's a mix of C++ and C and consists of about 2M LOC. I would like to make some suggestions ...
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Remake old web forms application in asp.net mvc [duplicate]

I've inherited the code maintenance of a complex web site for a customer that continuously requests enhancements for it. This application took years to develop and I'm facing increased difficulties to ...
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Develop fast and buggy, then correct errors or be slow, careful for each line of code? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Frankly, do you prefer Cowboy coding? Prototyping vs. Clean Code at the early stages Good design: How much hackyness is acceptable? Does craftsmanship pay off? ...
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What is the best/ethical way to estimate code clean-up? [duplicate]

I have been working on a product line since my senior year of college for my current employer. Now several years out of college I am in a position where I am giving estimates for change requests on ...
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How to convince my boss that quality is a good thing to have in code? [duplicate]

My boss came to me today to ask me if we could implement a certain feature in 1.5 days. I had a look at it and told him that 2 to 3 days would be more realistic. He then asked me: "And what if we do ...
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Does craftsmanship pay off? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Prototyping vs. Clean Code at the early stages Frankly, do you prefer Cowboy coding? After working in a number of companies, I am starting to realize that my ...
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Is there any hope for writing good code atop a horribly designed database?

Here's my predicament. One of several programs I've recently inherited is built with a horrible database on the backend. The esteemed creators of it apparently did not appreciate relational concepts. ...
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Should technical debt be scheduled as a feature or a chore (or a bug)?

I've added a couple of user stories that address some technical debt to my Pivotal Tracker board. Should I consider them as features (keeping my velocity level) or as chores/bugs (lowering my ...
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How To Deal With Terrible Design Decisions [duplicate]

I'm a consultant at one company. There is another consultant who is a year older than me and has been here 3 months longer than I have, and a full time developer. The full-time developer is great. ...
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Sucking Less Every Year? [closed]

Sucking Less Every Year -Jeff Atwood I had come across this insightful article.Quoting directly from the post I've often thought that sucking less every year is how humble programmers ...
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How can I convince management to deal with technical debt?

This is a question that I often ask myself when working with developers. I've worked at four companies so far and I've become aware of a lack of attention to keeping code clean and dealing with ...
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How to get out of the support rut and start repaying the technical debt!

I have a "friend". Yes good start I know but honestly this isn't me! Basically he's been working on a successful project for about 4 years now, the difficulty is the technical debt has caught up and ...
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What payoffs have you seen from taking care of technical debt?

This article on technical debt has some good points, including: Working on the "technical matters" works best when it is driven by stories. The code base is probably in need of work everywhere, ...
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What is the definition of “technical debt”? [duplicate]

What is the definition of technical debt?