Eric Huckabay

Camp Counselor

Is it good Technical Debt?

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Wednesday, May 25, 2022 - 7:30 PM UTC, for 1 hour.

Regular, 60 minute presentation

Room: Campsite 6

Tech Debt

Economic buyers tend not to want to rewrite working software -- if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Developers tend to cringe at an inelegant implementation, and complain until someone agrees to let them spend time on it just to shut them up. This talk tries to find some common ground between the two perspectives, and pushes for a more opportunity-cost based approach to valuing tech debt cleanup. Includes a simple mechanism for tracking the ongoing cost of tech debt.


This talk should be fully accessible to non-technical adults, including parents or spouses, through the debt analogy / metaphor.

Take Aways

  • Learn when to fix the stuff you could have done better, and when to leave it alone.
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