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Wednesday, May 8 • 10:30am - 11:15am
Enterprise Technical Debt Discovery and Tracking

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In our role of providing technical guidance for a large health-care organization (over 50+ systems) over the past five years, we surfaced many technical problems that have accumulated effort and cost over time. In other words, we saw a lot of technical debt! We noticed that some types of technical debt have greater enterprise consequence than others. For example, we saw how duplicative authentication/access control capabilities actually increased security risk and complexity across the entire enterprise. We refer to technical problems such as these as “enterprise technical debt.” We also found that enterprise technical debt within the organization was usually not discovered until a crisis occurred. Therefore, over the past two years we introduced a method for discovering and tracking enterprise technical debt. In this session, I will share how our method works, examples of enterprise technical debt items, and pitfalls and lessons learned and explain how we used enterprise technical debt to inform the investment planning level of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) lifecycle.

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Felix Bachmann

Software Engineering Institute
Felix H. Bachmann is a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) working in the Product Line Systems Program on both the Architecture Tradeoff Analysis and Product Line Practice Initiatives. There he is the team lead for architecture-centric... Read More →
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Stephany Bellomo

Software Engineering Institute
Stephany Bellomo is a Principle Engineer at the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute (SEI). Stephany’s current technical interests include technical debt, modernization, and DevOps. Stephany has a master's degree in software engineering. She began her career... Read More →

Wednesday May 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:15am EDT
Grand Station 4 Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square