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Archive for the ‘Technical Debt’ Category

The Spilled Juice Analogy for Technical Debt | Disciplined Agile 2.X

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/06/21

Interesting take on Technical Debt: [WayBackThe Spilled Juice Analogy for Technical Debt | Disciplined Agile 2.X

Not just because of the analogy, but also because of this comment by Ramu Iyer:

Conway’s Law states that software (or the structure of an IT system) mimics and is isomorphic to the organizational-social structure around it. In layman’s terms, a poorly designed software system is a vivid indicator of the underlying pattern of team communication, coordination and cooperation in the software team. Oftentimes, strained social and organizational interactions get in the way of smooth software development and operation. This results in social liabilities during intergroup coordination and accumulates “social debt” within or across one or more communities in a (software) organization. Any suboptimal socio-technical decisions also impact the technical debt of a software system in tandem. Digging one’s “way out of the technical debt pit” also requires the proactive mitigation of social debt around a system.

D. A. Tamburi, et al. Social debt in software engineering: Insights from the industry. Journal of Internet Services & Applications, 2015.


via: [WayBack] Vivid and better analogy than interest payments.The Spilled Juice Analogy for Technical Debt #technicaldebt – Marjan Venema – Google+


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Technical Debt – Dilbert Comic Strip on 2017-01-03 | Dilbert by Scott Adams

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/01/03

Is it funny because it so true? Would it be funnier if it weren’t true?

  • Boss: Did you finish the software yet?
  • Dilbert: No, I’m still paying off the technical debt from the last programmer you rushed.
  • Boss: I don’t know what that means.
  • Dilbert: Well, that explains a lot.

[WayBackTechnical Debt – Dilbert Comic Strip on 2017-01-03 | Dilbert by Scott Adams


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Extreme Programming, a Reflection (via: 8th Light)

Posted by jpluimers on 2013/12/29

Thanks Uncle Bob Martin for posting this.

I’ve been trying (with increasing success: it takes time to get this all right) to practice XP (through various name changes) as much and wide as possible since almost 14 years, and only the last few years it is starting to be common practice for many more people.

take a moment to reflect back on 1999. A time when Kent Beck wrote a ground-breaking book. A book that changed everything. Look back and remember: Extreme Programming; and recognize it as the core of what we, today, simply think of as:

Good Software Practice.


via: Extreme Programming, a Reflection | 8th Light.

Posted in .NET, Agile, Continuous Integration, Delphi, Design Patterns, Development, Software Development, Source Code Management, Technical Debt, Testing, Unit Testing | Leave a Comment »

Reminiscence of the past: Delphi I/O error 131

Posted by jpluimers on 2013/08/06

I was called by a client that didn’t want to do maintenance on an old Delphi application, but wanted to get dir of an I/O Error 131:


MessageText: An attempt was made to move the file pointer before the beginning of the file.

Tough luck: psychic powers told me someone is using an unsigned 32-bit integer to access a file using traditional style Assign/Reset/Seek/Read/Close patterns that Delphi kept as intrinsic routines for Turbo Pascal backward compatibility, and that file has grown over 2 gigabyte in size.

I quickly found an import file had grown over the 2 gigabyte, so this was indeed the case.

The original developers didn’t do the file access using the 64-bit Seek/Position of the TStream descendant TFileStream.

Too bad, as now someone has to dig through the mothballs to find the sources (if they survived 3 different version control system switches), create a working development environment, and fix the bug.

Another instance where technical debt in IT raises its ugly head and the compound interest is really expensive.


via: – IO Errors in Delphi.

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Technical Debt: BBC News – Why banks are likely to face more software glitches in 2013

Posted by jpluimers on 2013/02/01

Yet another interesting article on Technical Debt: BBC News – Why banks are likely to face more software glitches in 2013.

Note that this is not limited to Banks. I’ve seen quite a few companies in the Financial domain, and they all suffer from it.

Even stronger: all companies I visited suffer from Technical Debt, including my own workplace, hence I created a special Technical Debt post category and tagged some previous posts with it.

It is hard to produce software without any Technical Debt, even though I try the best I can or am allowed to spend.

Therefore it is very important as a developer to be aware of Technical Debt, and help spread knowledge about it.


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