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Business-Driven Technical Debt Prioritization: An Industrial Case Study

Rodrigo Reboucas de Almeida, Rafael do Nascimento Ribeiro, Christoph Treude, Uira Kulesza

2021 IEEE/ACM INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON TECHNICAL DEBT (TECHDEBT 2021) | IEEE COMPUTER SOC | Published : 2021

Abstract

Incorporating the business perspective into prioritizing technical debt is essential to contribute to decision making in industry. In this paper, we evolve and evaluate a business-driven approach for technical debt prioritization. The approach was evaluated during a five-months industrial case study with business and technical stakeholders' active participation. The results show that the approach contributed to aligning business criteria between the business and technical stakeholders. We also observed a downward trend in the amount of technical debt that affects high-value business assets. Moreover, we identified eight business factors that affect the decision making related to the prioriti..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work is partially supported by INES, CNPq grant 465614/2014-0 and CAPES grant 88887.136410/2017-00.