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Prioritizing Technical Debt as if Time and Money Matters (Talk)

Prioritizing Technical Debt as if Time and Money Matters (Talk)

22. March · 17:00 - 18:00 By:

When: Wednesday, March 22, 17:00-18:00

Where: Aarhus University: Building 5510, Room 104 (Lille Auditorium), Åbogade 15, 8200 Aarhus N


Prioritizing technical debt is a hard problem as modern systems might have millions of lines of code and multiple development teams — no one has a holistic overview. In addition, there’s always a trade-off between improving existing code versus adding new features so we need to use our time wisely.

What if we could mine the collective intelligence of all contributing programmers and start making decisions based on information from how the organization actually works with the code.

In this presentation, you’ll see how easily obtained version-control data lets you uncover the behavior and patterns of the development organization. This language-neutral approach lets you prioritize the parts of your system that benefit the most from improvements so that you can balance short- and long-term goals guided by data. The specific examples are from real-world codebases like Android, the Linux Kernel, .Net Core Runtime and more.

This new perspective on software development will change how you view code.


Adam Tornhill is a programmer who combines degrees in engineering and psychology. He’s the founder of CodeScene, the leading Software Engineering Intelligence tool.

Adam is also the author of multiple technical books, including the best selling Your Code as a Crime Scene, as well as an award-winning software researcher.

Adam’s other interests include modern history, music, retro computing, and martial arts.