Understand your tech debt to manage it better

Tech debt refers to the cost of maintaining a software system over time due to trade-off between delivering software quickly and the long-term cost of fixing issues. It has several classifications including architecture debt, code debt, developer efficiency debt, stability debt, security debt, documentation and maintenance debt, technical product debt, and infrastructure debt. Metrics for measuring tech debt include defect density, code complexity, time-to-market, maintenance costs, technical debt ratio, cost of rework, cost of lost opportunity, cost of maintenance, cost of training, cost of recruiting, user satisfaction, and security metrics. The next post will discuss practices to manage tech debt.

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