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Technical debt interest assessment: From issues to project

Antonio Martini (Institutionen för data- och informationsteknik, Software Engineering (Chalmers)) ; S. Vajda ; R. Vasa ; A. Jones ; M. Abdelrazek ; J. Grundy ; Jan Bosch (Institutionen för data- och informationsteknik (Chalmers))
ACM International Conference Proceeding Series - 2017 XP Scientific Workshops, XP 2017, Cologne, Germany, 22-26 May 2017 (2017)
[Konferensbidrag, refereegranskat]

The interest of Technical Debt (TD) is difcult to calculate, especially on a project level. Current approaches are based on fne-grain issue assessment, but there is no evidence about how TD is assessed on a project level. A few tools use an aggregation function that sum the TD issues on a project level. We conducted a multiple case-study on four diferent projects. We asked the project teams to assess the TD both on an issue level and on a project level. We also asked the product manager and a senior developer to assess the TD on a project level. We found that the function mapping the interest of TD to a project overall is not the sum of issue-level TD. We report the quantitative results of the performed experiment and we also developed a qualitative explanation of the results based on interviews with the development team. This paper represents a frst step towards assessing the interest of TD at a project level.

Nyckelord: Case study , Interest , Project management , Technical debt , Tracking

Denna post skapades 2017-10-11.
CPL Pubid: 252440


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