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Technical Debt: Do Managers (Unintentionally) Force Bad Code?

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Technical Debt: Do Managers (Unintentionally) Force Bad Code?

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I still have estimation on the mind. I saw The Impact of Accidental Complexity on Estimates and I was wondering about the effect of management on bad code. Do managers sometimes force developers to write bad code by allowing technical debt? Jay’s third point implicates technical debt as a cause:

Introducing technical debt increases accidental complexity, and as a side-effect invalidates previous estimates and increases the likelihood that future estimates will differ in size drastically.

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Accepting technical debt now buys you time now. It does increase time to pay back the debt later. I wonder if we have any idea how much time it takes later. I bet we underestimate how much time it takes to undo the technical debt.

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