Beyond tight deadlines: what are the business causes for technical debt?

04/19/2021 ∙ by Rodrigo Rebouças de Almeida, et al. ∙ 0

Business aspects have been identified as a significant cause for the creation of technical debt. We conducted a survey with 71 experienced practitioners and did a thematic analysis of the open-ended answers to the question: "Could you give examples of how business may contribute to technical debt?" Twelve business-related causes were organized into three categories: pure-business, business/IT gap, and management. Market pressure, the business/IT gap, tight deadlines, feature prioritization, and bad requirement elicitation were the most cited business-related causes of technical debt.

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