The term “Technical debt” was first introduced by Ward Cunningham. Technical debt is a concept in software development that reflects the implied cost of additional rework caused by choosing an easy solution now instead of using a better approach that would take longer.
Very often startup companies use this concept to put their products on the market faster than competitors, show results to their clients or achieve any visible advantages. From a technical point of view, it doesn’t mean that the decision has to be non-optimal. Meaning – you don’t provide “dirty” code or unstable architecture. On the contrary – it has to be a small thing that won’t harm the whole solution and can be changed or improved later in future releases. In other words, it’s a work you can postpone, but it has to be done eventually, otherwise, it will harm the project.
It the software solution malfunctioned after the release even though the development team used the best testing software and practices, but there was an unexpected user workflow – it is not a technical debt. But if during the development process there was an issue with some part of the code that could possibly become critical later and nobody wanted to deal with it – that is a definite technical debt.
The reasons for the technical debt:
Of course, it is better to eliminate the possibilities of the technical debt on your project. For that reason, project steps should be described from “start” to “finish” with the clear indication of the intended result. What steps should be taken in order to prevent it?
Just remember, that this is not a catastrophe if the debt occurred, it is important how you and your team choose to deal with it.
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