Technical debt interest assessment: From issues to project
Paper in proceedings, 2017

The interest of Technical Debt (TD) is difcult to calculate, especially on a project level. Current approaches are based on fne-grain issue assessment, but there is no evidence about how TD is assessed on a project level. A few tools use an aggregation function that sum the TD issues on a project level. We conducted a multiple case-study on four diferent projects. We asked the project teams to assess the TD both on an issue level and on a project level. We also asked the product manager and a senior developer to assess the TD on a project level. We found that the function mapping the interest of TD to a project overall is not the sum of issue-level TD. We report the quantitative results of the performed experiment and we also developed a qualitative explanation of the results based on interviews with the development team. This paper represents a frst step towards assessing the interest of TD at a project level.

Technical debt

Case study

Project management

Interest

Tracking

Author

Antonio Martini

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

S. Vajda

Innovation

R. Vasa

Innovation

A. Jones

Innovation

M. Abdelrazek

Innovation

J. Grundy

Innovation

Jan Bosch

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers)

ACM International Conference Proceeding Series - 2017 XP Scientific Workshops, XP 2017, Cologne, Germany, 22-26 May 2017

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Subject Categories

Software Engineering

DOI

10.1145/3120459.3120469

ISBN

978-1-4503-5264-2

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Created

10/11/2017