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Reducing friction in software development Avgeriou, Paris; Kruchten, Philippe; Nord, Robert L; Ozkaya, Ipek; Seaman, Carolyn


Software is being produced at such a rate that its growth hinders its sustainability. Technical debt, as a concept encompassing internal software quality, evolution and maintenance, re-engineering and economics is growing to become dominant as a driver of progress in the future of software engineering. Technical debt spans the entire software engineering lifecycle and its management capitalizes on recent advances made in fields such as source code analysis, quality measurement, and project management. Managing technical debt in the future will be an investment activity applying economics theories, will effectively address the architecture level, will offer specific processes and tools employing data science and analytics to support decision making, and will be an essential part of the software engineering curriculum. Getting ahead of the software quality and innovation curve will inevitably involve establishing technical debt management as a core software engineering practice from theory to its applications.

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