publication . Conference object . 2018

A framework for managing interest in technical debt

an industrial validation
Areti Ampatzoglou; Alexandros Michailidis; Christos Sarikyriakidis; Apostolos Ampatzoglou; Alexander Chatzigeorgiou; Paris Avgeriou;
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  • Published: 27 May 2018
  • Publisher: ACM
  • Country: Netherlands
Technical debt management entails the quantification of principal and interest. In our previous work we had introduced a framework for calculating the Technical Debt Breaking Point (TD-BP), which is a point in time where the accumulated interest becomes larger than the principal; thus the debt of the company is no longer sustainable after this point in time. In this paper, we instantiate this framework and validate its ability to assess the breaking point of source code modules in an industrial setting. The results of the validation suggest that the calculated TD-BP is strongly correlated to experts’ opinion on the sustainability of modules, and that it can accurately rank components, based on their maintenance difficulty.
free text keywords: Technical debt, interest, empirical study, Rank (computer programming), Debt, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Empirical research, Technical debt, Risk analysis (engineering), Principal (computer security), Computer science, Economic indicator, Discount points, Maintenance engineering
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Software Development toolKit for Energy optimization and technical Debt elimination
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 780572
  • Funding stream: H2020 | RIA
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