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Technical Debt: How to quantify and Mitigate it

with David Cook

Abstract:

Technical debt is a metaphor for describing the cost of putting off good development practices. This debt must be paid back to avoid the “interest payments” becoming crippling to the business and teams need to have an understanding of the types of technical debt, how to properly identify, manage and handle it. This presentation will focus on a number of common developer (and project) anti-patterns that can lead to the build-up of technical debt in a project and, having identified these behaviours, we’ll look at techniques to firstly quantify and then to mitigate against them.

Date:
Friday, 2nd December, 2011

Time:
7:30am Breakfast – 8:00am Presentation – 9:00am Finish

Where:
Microsoft Office – North Stradbroke Island room
Level 28, 400 George Street
Brisbane

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Speaker BIO

David has been working in software development for nearly 15 years in many large organisations within Australia and the UK in a range of industries such as Government, Banking and Finance. Currently David is a Developer Productivity Analyst with Technology One where he is responsible for ensuring the right processes, tools and training materials are in place. Through the promotion of software craftsmanship and software engineering best practices, he is able to improve developer productivity and streamline the application lifecycle management process. David is currently involved in the rollout of TFS 2010 and Agile development methodologies across all developer teams within Technology One.

Last month’s meeting

A big thanks to Damian Brady for his talk last month on being a Good TFS Master. He has shared his slides online at http://www.slideshare.net/damovisa/how-to-be-a-good-tfs-master