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CISQ looks to create a true measure of software technical debt

The Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ) has created standard measures for quality characteristics in software – reliability, security, performance efficiency and maintainability. Now, the group is working to create a measure of technical debt an organization carries across the aforementioned quality characteristics that takes in the amount of work required to clear that debt. … continue reading

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How IT can prepare for a successful M&A

Software is like a house: It must be adequately maintained, or peeled-up wallpaper might reveal the foundation underneath isn’t as stable as you thought. This metaphor brings new meaning to mergers and acquisitions as companies on the buy side and the sell side attempt to patch up rough edges that might ruin a deal. When … continue reading

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You manage your financial debt—What about your tech debt?

Technical debt is real, and teams need a strategy to manage it. Just about every software project accrues tech debt over time. Tech debt manifests itself during development and in production. Ignore it or don’t service it at your peril. Before continuing, let’s look at a simple definition of tech debt. The one I like … continue reading

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Technical debt: What it is and why you should care

Technical debt is often the elephant in the room that we choose to ignore, but we do so at our own peril. Technical debt is directly responsible for many of the problems we have in building high-quality software quickly, especially as companies move to more agile methodologies. Having problems releasing quickly? Can’t complete your testing … continue reading

Positive yield: Four tricks to curbing technical debt

These tricks include keeping track of how you’re progressing and not cutting corners … continue reading

Businesses getting wise to technical debt

Companies are starting to address the issue by creating processes for code maintenance … continue reading

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