10 Years of Tech Debt Research

This paper distills over a decades worth of research on technical debt and puts forth ideas about where future research should head.

Oct 25, 2021

Delivering increasingly complex software-reliant systems demands better ways to manage the long-term effects of short-term expedients. The technical debt (TD) metaphor has gained significant traction as a way to understand and communicate such issues. Almost 25 years after the term was coined in 1992 by Ward Cunningham, and more than 10 years after the first edition of the TechDebt workshop/conference series, we take a brief look at the past, present, and future of TD.

  • Marcus Ciolkowski
  • Valentina Lenarduzzi
  • Antonio Martini

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