Towards Prioritizing Architecture Technical Debt: Information Needs of Architects and Product Owners
Paper in proceeding, 2015

Architectural Technical Debt is a metaphor for representing sub-optimal architectural solutions that might cause an interest, in terms of effort or quality, to be paid by the organization in the long run. Such metaphor has been regarded as useful for communicating risks of suboptimal solutions between technical and non-technical stakeholders. However, it's fundamental to understand the information needs of the involved stakeholders in order to produce technical debt measurements that would allow proper communication and informed prioritization. We have investigated, through a combination of interviews, observations and a survey, what key information is needed by agile product owners and software architects in order to prioritize the refactoring of risky architectural technical debt items with respect to feature development.

Feature Prioritization

Architecture Technical Debt

Prioritization Aspects

Refactoring Prioritization

Information Need


Antonio Martini

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Software Engineering (Chalmers)

Jan Bosch

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Software Engineering (Chalmers)

41st Euromicro Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications (SEAA), 26-28 August, 2015

978-146737585-6 (ISBN)

Subject Categories

Computer and Information Science





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