You Can’t Keep Building on a Broken System: Why managing technical debt is so important

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Each software company has a certain amount technical debt, which is further long-term development work created by taking a short-term shortcut to get code out the door. Technical debt can take the form of poor design decisions, much-needed remodeling, technological upgrades, and outstanding errors.

Like taking on actual financial debt, technical debt buys you a little more time now but has to be repaid with interest in the future. Like financial debt, there are wise and unwise ways to take on and deal with technical debt.

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