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How to Manage Architecture Technical Debt in 2024

According to Gartner®, “Continuously prioritizing rapid feature rollouts without managing architecture technical debt can lead to an ATD “breaking point.”” 

Software engineering teams have been on a tear, developing and releasing new features and functionality at breakneck speed to gain market share, advance competitive advantage, and make customers happy. However, all this activity comes at a cost, especially if the software architecture supporting rapid feature rollouts is aging and as entangled as spaghetti. 

In this informative Gartner report, you’ll get helpful tips on how and why managing ATD needs to move up on your 2024 priority list. Gartner states, “. . . concentrating only on code-level technical debt, such as code smells during fixed periods in delivery cycles, can give leaders a false sense of progress. This may slow down the accumulation of technical debt but fails to address the root causes in the architecture.”

What you’ll learn: 

  • The factors that lead to ATD accumulation — intentional choices and unintentional oversights
  • How to incorporate ATD into your company’s strategic initiatives
  • Four practical steps to manage ATD before your apps reach the breaking point

Don’t deliver your best applications on a house of cards. Avoid a “debt disaster” in 2024 by learning to address ATD to ensure the health and viability of your software systems.

Gartner Quick Answer: How to Manage Architecture Technical Debt, Tigran Egiazarov, Aaron Harrison, Anne Thomas, Howard Dodd, Stefan Van Der Zijden, Thomas Murphy, 22 September 2023. The Gartner document is available upon request from vFunction. GARTNER is a registered trademark and service mark of Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and internationally and is used herein with permission. All rights reserved. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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