Gartner Research

Best Practices in Agile Development: Managing Technical Debt

Published: 01 November 2013

ID: G00255552

Analyst(s): Nathan Wilson


Technical debt comprises all the elements that make it difficult to operate, support, maintain, enhance and extend a software solution. This research discusses the causes of technical debt, and how to track and reduce technical debt in an agile organization.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • Sustainable Agile Code
  • What Is Technical Debt?


  • Types of Technical Debt
    • Design Debt
    • Documentation Debt
    • Poorly Written Code
    • Overly Complex Code
    • Obsolete Code
    • Unused Code
    • Duplicated Code
    • Code Not Covered by Automated Tests
    • Prematurely Released Code
  • Best Practices for Managing Technical Debt
    • Debt Reporting
    • Static Analysis
    • Schedule Work to Fix Technical Debt
    • Prevent the Creation of New Technical Debt

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