|Autorinnen und Autoren
|Technical Debt - From Metaphor to Engineering Guidance: A Novel Approach based on Cost Estimation
|University of Hildesheim
|Institut für Informatik, Universität Hildesheim, Germany
|In this report, we discuss the notion of Technical Debt and formalize the concept as a basis of disciplined study. This formalization allows us to characterize and measure Technical Debt independent of its source. We will then introduce approximations to measuring Technical Debt that can be more easily applied in practice. As a result we arrive at a method for deciding on tackling Technical Debt, which relies on a formal approach, with clearly identified approximations. We will also illustrate our approach with an example.