Often we find it difficult to incorporate any changes in a software project during later phases of its development, or during post-delivery maintenance. Primary reason for this is inflexibility in design and code which makes it difficult for changes to be incorporated. This inflexibility substantially increases the cost of making changes and this metaphor has been termed as Technical Debt.
While Technical Debt cannot be eliminated completely, its burden needs to be reduced. Many agile practitioners have suggested some practices to avoid or eliminate Technical Debt.
In this session I shall discuss about a method to get relief from Technical Debt and talks about nine proven practices that a developer can follow to minimize Technical Debt. These practices help to:

  • Change the coder's mindset so that they should use technical practices i.e. various refactoring techniques to reduce technical debt in code and design
  • Developers to plan and manage the time to pay down the debt i.e. determine your living budget
  • Take minimal technical credit in design and code

These practices have been used and found to be effective when implemented in projects which will be used as a case study.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

Understnading on Techical debt
Various types of technical debt
Importance of technical debt in software development
Practices to minimize the technical debt

Learning Outcome

This session is going to answer below questions:

What is technical debt?
Why is it difficult to incorporate any changes in a software project during later phases of its development, or during post-delivery maintenance?
Why is it difficult to maintain the code along with quality in longer run?
Why do we need technical debt?
Why cannot we eliminate it completely?
How can we minimize the technical debt?
What are some practices to minimize technical debt?

Target Audience

Software Developer, Programmer, Team/Tech Lead, Project Lead, Module Lead, Project Manager, Delivery Manager

schedule Submitted 4 years ago

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  • Sachin goel
    By Sachin goel  ~  4 years ago
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    Hi Vinay- the focus is so much on the developer here. in your real world experience, have you seen that working effectively if not supported by other stakeholders. do you also have some suggestions for developers on how to influence other stakeholders( guess this question is in line with Venkat comment).

    thanks - sachin

    • Vinay Krishna
      By Vinay Krishna  ~  4 years ago
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      Hi Sachin - One of 9 practices talks on similar line where it explains how it could show the improvement to others. Eventually, this can be used to influence other stakeholders.

      As far as extra time and priotization is concerned it's not so simple, nevertheless that also I shall cover. We need willingness and awareness among developers on technical debt. As per my experience and observation, first developer need to influnce himself rather than others. Looks confusing or theoretical!!! I firmly belief I'll be able to clear all these queries in my session.

      Thanks for your message and time!

  • Venkatraman L
    By Venkatraman L  ~  4 years ago
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    Hi Vinay, are you also planning to cover how you can get the sponsor for the technical debt as many times it gets depriortiized by the product features ? What is your take on such scenarios ? Who needs to educate the stakeholders ?

    • Vinay Krishna
      By Vinay Krishna  ~  4 years ago
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      Hi Venkatraman - Thanks for your comment! This talk is from developer's perspective, I could discuss on the points that you have mentioned but based upon participants interest. However primary focus shall be on minimizing technical debt from a developer's perspective.

      • Venkatraman L
        By Venkatraman L  ~  4 years ago
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        Thanks Vinay. Understood.

  • Joel Tosi
    By Joel Tosi  ~  4 years ago
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    Hi Vinay,

       I would like to see more time on the practices and less time on the 'what is technical debt' / background.  Could you help me understand the breakdown from a time perspective?

     

    Thanks,

    joel

    • Vinay Krishna
      By Vinay Krishna  ~  4 years ago
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      Hi Joel - Its max 20-25 percent of time on "whats technical debt" and rest on the practices. This may cary based upon partcipants.

      Thanks,

      Vinay

  • Savita Pahuja
    By Savita Pahuja  ~  4 years ago
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    Hi Vinay, Would be good if you can give more information about the practices.

    Is it a hands on sessio or only presentation ?

    • Vinay Krishna
      By Vinay Krishna  ~  4 years ago
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      Hi Savita,

      Thanks for your comments! Its a presentation based upon case study/real time data/examples. These practices are effective in order to change the coder's mindset and also help developer to successfully use already existing and proven technical practices to minimize technical debt.

      Thanks,

      Vinay

       

      • Savita Pahuja
        By Savita Pahuja  ~  4 years ago
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        Hi vinay thanks for the response. I am looking for some examples. It would be great if you can update the proposal with some examples.

        • Vinay Krishna
          By Vinay Krishna  ~  4 years ago
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          Hi Savita - I have described further in the abstract on these practices at high level.


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