GOTO 2020 • Prioritizing Technical Debt as if Time and Money Matters • Adam Tornhill

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This presentation was recorded at GOTOpia Europe 2020. #GOTOcon #GOTOpia

Adam Tornhill - This best-selling author and TEDx speaker will forever change the way you look at code

Many codebases contain code that is overly complicated, hard to understand and hence expensive to change and evolve. Prioritizing technical debt is a hard problem as modern systems might have millions of lines of code and multiple development teams — no one has a holistic overview. In addition, there's always a trade-off between improving existing code versus adding new features so we need to use our time wisely.
What if we could mine the collective intelligence of all contributing programmers and start making decisions based on information from how the organization actually works with the code?
In this presentation, you'll see how easily obtained version-control data lets you uncover the behavior and patterns of the development organization. This language-neutral approach lets you prioritize the parts of your system that benefit the most from improvements so that you can balance short- and long-term goals guided by data [...]

00:00 Intro
00:36 Lehman's "laws" of software evolution
03:50 Technical debt
09:15 Case study: Prioritizing technical debt
19:28 Why hotspots work
23:41 The legacy code link
26:07 Case study: How quickly can you turn your current codebase into legacy code?
34:26 Resources

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