Changes and challenges of technical debt and its management during ongoing digital transformation

Jesse Yli-Huumo, Kari Smolander

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In this paper, we look how changes and challenges in technical debt and its management that could emerge from the ongoing digital transformation. The digital transformation ensues from companies' opportunities to join various digital ecosystems and use external digital infrastructures to extend business operations and capabilities. Those external infrastructures cannot be controlled by their users, which is interesting especially from the service, systems and software development viewpoint. This will have also impact on technical debt and its management. We outline these changes and challenges with possible scenarios that could occur with technical debt during this change.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the XP2017 Scientific Workshops, XP 2017
VolumePart F129907
ISBN (Electronic)9781450352642
Publication statusPublished - 22 May 2017
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventXP Scientific Workshops - Cologne, Germany
Duration: 22 May 201726 May 2017


WorkshopXP Scientific Workshops
Abbreviated titleXP


  • Digital ecosystems
  • Digital infrastructures
  • Digital platforms
  • Digital transformation
  • Technical debt
  • Technical debt management
  • Technical debt research

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