Architecture Technical Debt: Understanding Causes and a Qualitative Model
Paper in proceedings, 2014
A known problem in large software companies is to balance the prioritization of short-term with long-term responsiveness. Specifically, architecture violations (Architecture Technical Debt) taken to deliver fast might hinder future feature development, which would hinder agility. We conducted a multiple-case embedded case study in 7 sites at 5 large companies in order to shed light on the current causes for the accumulation of Architectural Technical Debt that causes effort. We provide a taxonomy of the factors and their influence in the accumulation of debt, and we provide a qualitative model of how the debt is accumulated and recovered over time.