Gartner Research

A Primer on Technical Debt

Published: 05 October 2016

ID: G00307777

Analyst(s): Luis Mangi, Andy Kyte, Stefan Van Der Zijden


Software systems frequently run at suboptimal efficiency, impeded by the technical debt that inevitably accumulates in large, complex portfolios. Application leaders should use the debt management approaches set out in this research to manage technical debt in applications.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Modelling Technical Debt
  • Assessing and Reporting On the Costs and Risks of Technical Debt
  • Technical Debt Management Approaches
  • Preventing Excessive Technical Debt
  • Recommendations for Application Leaders

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