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The Top 5 Reasons for Technical Debt and How to Overcome Them

By Umme Sutarwala - April 20, 2022 4 Mins Read

Software engineering isn’t recognized for its glitz, but even if there are any glamorous aspects, Technical Debt (TD) isn’t one of them.

Technical debt is becoming increasingly common as technology advances at a rapid pace. Even yet, it’s possible that many businesses are still ignorant of it. And it’s not unreasonable to assume that the vast majority of individuals who engage with technology on a frequent basis have come across, dealt with, and accumulated such debt.

According to Science Direct, the expense of technical debt management in major enterprises might amount to up to 25% of total development time, so it’s not a trivial concern for them.

In today’s corporate environment, below are some causes of technical debt.

Customizations to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

ERP solutions come with a plethora of features and functions. Each ERP, on the other hand, integrates business procedures that allow businesses to customize the platform to their own needs. When companies want to upgrade, the problem arises. It might be difficult to upgrade and maintain a system with too many modifications. As a result, businesses are left with an out-of-date, out-of-maintenance ERP platform.

Technological updates

Technology is always evolving. Even though many people try to keep up, it is a challenge to stay abreast with ever evolving technology. Many developers worry about what will change when a new solution arrives on the horizon. Will it offer any significant updates or adjustments to their project as a whole?

The adoption of Scala 3 in many businesses across the world is a recent example of this sort of consideration. Companies will have to choose between taking on technical debt and upgrading to Scala 3. They will have to decide now, what resources they can employ and what expenses they will bear by upgrading or sticking with the present version, which will almost certainly result in technical debt.

Also Read: Organizations Need to Address Technical Debt

Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)

When a company acquires another, they have to take over everything, including legacy applications and obsolete or outdated technology, IT processes, and employees. Often, the acquired company has a distinct IT philosophy and strategy, such as a decentralized vs. centralized IT service delivery model.

Coordination issues

Communication and teamwork within a team may be challenging, especially when members operate remotely from various parts of the globe. Teamwork isn’t just a trending term. Collaboration must be smooth in order to produce perfect quality and prevent technical debt to the greatest extent feasible.

Misunderstandings, inaccuracies, and duplication of duties may arise if all teams working on a project do not coordinate effectively, severely impacting work productivity and the precision of business choices.

The team merely needs knowledge and expertise to plan the following steps efficiently. Communication between members of the team and between groups must be streamlined. If not, it will be tough to come up with a quick and acceptable response. Simultaneously, making mistakes or taking too long to make judgments could become the initial cause of creation of technical debt.

Absence of expertise

Keeping up with the technological market may be quite challenging. It’s hard to find the optimal solution if staff is unaware of the full range of options available. Therefore, many businesses opt to continue with tried-and-true development methodologies. As a result, technical debt grows.

Assume that the project team is unaware of market developments and is unaware of what is going on in the business. In that instance, it’s more probable that they won’t take any technological advances and, as a result, will steer the project on the wrong track.

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AUTHOR

Umme Sutarwala

Umme Sutarwala is a Global News Correspondent with OnDot Media. She is a media graduate with 2+ years of experience in content creation and management. Previously, she has worked with MNCs in the E-commerce and Finance domain

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