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Session: The Technical Debt Trap

Friday, 10:15 - 11:05
Track: Software craftsmanship

Technical Debt has become a catch-all phrase for any code that needs to be re-worked. Much like Refactoring has become a catch-all phrase for any activity that involves changing code.

These fundamental misunderstandings and comfortable yet mis-applied metaphors have resulted in a plethora of poor decisions.

What is technical debt?
What is not technical debt?
Why should we care?
What is the cost of misunderstanding?
What do we do about it?

Code samples presented in Ruby, Java, and C#

Michael "Doc" Norton

Michael Norton (doc) partner with LeanDog out of Cleveland, OH where he is an Agile Coach and Activist. Michael's experience covers a wide range of development and project management topics. Michael declares expertise in no single language or methodology and is immediately suspicious of anyone who declares such expertise.

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