Strategies For Tracking And Paying Off Technical Debt

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When your development team runs out of time or funding in the late hours of any project, they end up making a compromise with the quality of the project and release defective codes which later leads to technical debt. The best practices of software craftsmanship are foregone, and your deliverables come out in the way in which you would have least expected. Tech debt occurs when there is no time to run tests on a project and is released for the users in the market and when codes are copied and pasted from previous ones without refactoring it properly. It is then that the requisites of a good code like script installation and technical standards are missing from the code.

Make Tech Debt Visible

It is better to make tech debt visible to your entire team who accepts compromises and is aware of what is going on with the code. You can make a big poster, write and tag stories which would enable everyone to see the debt items clearly. It must be shared across all your team members so that everyone is empowered to address these debt items. Make sure that they all can edit and augment all the debt items so that there are no barriers to documenting new items and address them. This would enable faster action and also the proper implementation of techniques.

Track Debt Items

It is also necessary to track debt items to resolution once the baseline for tech debt is captured and is made visible to all. It would enable better addressing of debt items by all the members of the team. You must also keep a regular track of a simple and quantitative metric system at the minimum and at a regular interval mentioning things like a total number of outstanding debt items as backlog each week. This is a useful way to track your team’s capability and skill in the development process, and you can be sure that there is a lack of alignment if at any point your team finds it necessary to add new tech items in the middle of their effort to close a particular debt item.

Group Your Debt Items

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out + about: attending my classmate’s birthday party

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If you are in Grade 1 this school year, then you probably either celebrated your 7th birthday or you are being invited to your classmates’ birthday party. According to mum, turning 7 is a milestone in a child’s life that is why most children celebrate it with a party. I celebrated my 7th birthday last year, too, + have also been invited to a number of parties the last few months. The latest of which was the one I attended last weekend with mum.

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It was my classmate Jewel’s party + it was held in a cool outdoor event venue in Guiguinto. Jewel + her family prepared a beautiful fair for all of her guests. Upon arrival, we were given stubs that we should use for each of the booths available at the party. There are so many booths that day, among them are for cotton candy, sweet treats and desserts, hotdog, french fries. There is also a photo booth, face painting,  several booths for fun games where I was able to win prizes with my friends by hitting a stack of cans with ball!

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Counting Down to 2017…

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Check out this cool Google Doodle for New Year’s Eve 2016. Cool, right? This is an animated doodle so you might want to check out google.com for more. Those balloons cannot wait to for 12 midnight to strike and get out of the net. I wonder what surprise Google is cooking up with these balloons once we reached the new year later. I will make sure to ask mum to check this out.

As of this writing, we only have 10 hours and about 5 minutes before we welcome 2017! I busy myself playing with my new toys {those I got for Christmas, which I will share here next} + watching my favorite films on the tellie. While mum types away at the laptop keyboard, I am watching The Poltergeist, which I thought is an awesome film! Mum, meanwhile, busies herself by tidying up at home, doing the last of our 2016 laundry, + preparing for our Media Noche feast. I try to help as much as I can, too! 🙂

What are you up to this New Year’s eve and how do you prepare for 2017?

Here’s wishing everyone a very blessed + fruitful 2017! Cheers to a happy new year! Cheers

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