Developing Processes to Increase Technical Debt Visibility and Manageability – An Action Research Study in Industry

Jesse Yli-Huumo, Andrey Maglyas, Kari Smolander, Johan Haller, Hannu Törnroos

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The knowledge about technical debt and its management has increased in recent years. The interest of academia and industry has generated many viewpoints on technical debt. Technical debt management consists of technical and organizational aspects, which make it a challenge in software development. To increase technical debt visibility and manageability, new processes must be developed and thoroughly empirically tested for their applicability. In this paper, we use the action research methodology to design processes for identification, documentation, and prioritization of technical debt. Our partner in this research is a large Nordic IT company Tieto, currently in a need for new ways to improve their technical debt management. The results include a set of processes and templates that were successfully used to identify and document technical debt. The identified technical debt items were later prioritized based on evaluation by Tieto employees. Tieto was able to create a prioritized technical debt backlog, which is now used for reduction activities to create a healthy and sustainable product for the future.
OtsikkoProduct-Focused Software Process Improvement
Alaotsikko17th International Conference, PROFES 2016, Trondheim, Norway, November 22-24, 2016, Proceedings
KustantajaSpringer International Publishing
Vuosikerta 10027
ISBN (elektroninen)978-3-319-49094-6
ISBN (painettu)978-3-319-49093-9
DOI - pysyväislinkit
TilaJulkaistu - 2016
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA4 Artikkeli konferenssijulkaisuussa
TapahtumaInternational Conference on Product-Focused Software Process Improvement - Trondheim, Norja
Kesto: 22 marraskuuta 201624 marraskuuta 2016
Konferenssinumero: 17


NimiLecture Notes in Computer Science
KustantajaSpringer International Publishing
ISSN (painettu)0302-9743


ConferenceInternational Conference on Product-Focused Software Process Improvement


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