Most teams have some amount of technical debt. Others are crushed by it. It really shouldn’t be this way. For decades, we’ve been aware of good development practice. We know the things that we should do to avoid incurring technical debt and start paying it back. Clearly, something else is going on.

In this talk, Michael Feathers will explain the root cause of technical debt and the reason why it persists as a problem. There are solutions to the problem but they aren’t in the places we’ve been lead to expect – it is not just a matter of developing better and refactoring more.

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