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Monday, April 27 • 8:30am - 5:00pm
Managing Technical Debt in Software Systems

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Technical debt occurs when a design or construction approach is taken that's expedient in the short term, but increases complexity and cost in the long term. Whether it results from ignorance, accident, or strategy, all software-reliant systems carry some technical debt. If managed well, some technical debt can accelerate design exploration. Left unrecognized and unmanaged, accumulated technical debt results in increased development and sustainment costs. This course is designed for professionals who develop and maintain software-reliant systems to gain a better understanding of
  • how technical debt manifests in software
  • what developers, architects, and managers need to know about technical debt
  • how to manage technical debt effectively  
This one-day course emphasizes the importance of intentional and strategic management of technical debt that is supported by architecture-focused practices.

Course Instructors
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Robert Nord

Robert Nord is a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (SEI), where he develops effective methods and practices for software architecture. He also leads research on strategies for scaling agile development by incorporating architecture practices. Before joining the SEI, he worked in industry, where he balanced research in software architecture with work in designing and evaluating large-scale... Read More →
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Ipek Ozkaya

Ipek Ozkaya is a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute and deputy lead of the Architecture Practices initiative. She develops effective methods for improving software development and system evolution by emphasizing software architecture practices, software economics, and agile development. Her recent research focuses on managing technical debt in large-scale, software-intensive... Read More →


Monday April 27, 2015 8:30am - 5:00pm
2. Salon D

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