Technical Debt Redux

Several years ago, I wrote that I was not a fan of technical debt as a metaphor. I’m still not convinced. But recently, someone I respect wrote about tech debt in Tech debt metaphor maximalism:

I really like the “tech debt” metaphor. A lot of people don’t, but I think that’s because they either don’t extend the metaphor far enough, or because they don’t properly understand financial debt.

So let’s talk about debt!

There’s a lot more detail than I ever thought about, and certainly far more than I wrote down. After one read through, all I know is that I am not sure I was right.

I’m going to add a reminder to read the piece again in a few months, to see what I think after my hindbrain has stewed on it for a while.

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