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Technical Debt: From Metaphor to Theory and Practice

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3 Author(s)
Philippe Kruchten ; University of British Columbia, Vancouver ; Robert L. Nord ; Ipek Ozkaya

The metaphor of technical debt in software development was introduced two decades ago to explain to nontechnical stakeholders the need for what we call now "refactoring." As the term is being used to describe a wide range of phenomena, this paper proposes an organization of the technical debt landscape, and introduces the papers on technical debt contained in the issue.

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IEEE Software  (Volume:29 ,  Issue: 6 )