What is technical debt?

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In a sentence:

Anything about your code and development environment that slows you down.

  • unclear, unreadable code
  • lack of
    • test automation
    • build automation
    • deployment automation
    • and anything else that could be automated but you do manually today
  • duplicate code
  • tangled architecture and unnecessarily complex dependencies
  • slow, ineffective tools
  • uncommitted code and long-lived branches (hides problems that will slow you down later)
  • important technical documentation that is missing or out-of-date
  • unnecessary technical documentation that is being maintained and kept up-to-date
  • lack of test environments
  • long build-test cycle and lack of continuous integration