What is Tech Debt and What Should You Do About It?

by Joanna Pineda Posted on January 30, 2020

A couple of weeks ago, I did a webinar on Tech Debt with my CTO, Maki Kato, and MatrixMaxx AMS Product Manager, Tanya Kennedy-Luminati, and was also recently featured in an AssociationsNow article on the topic. What exactly is tech debt?

Wikipedia says Tech Debt “reflects the implied cost of additional rework caused by choosing an easy (limited) solution now instead of using a better approach that would take longer.”

I say tech debt happens when: 

Examples of tech debt include:

Does this sound like your organization? If so, you might have tech debt!

During the webinar, Maki, Tanya and I talked about how the first step to addressing your tech debt is identifying and fully describing it. So before your next budget cycle:

Even if you are not in a position to do something about the tech debt immediately, you will know what’s out there and you can start prioritizing the list and budgeting for solutions.

In future blog posts, we’ll talk about ways to remediate and avoid tech debt. Stay tuned!


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