Technical Debt Folklore Questionnaire
As one of our ongoing studies of our research group (http://www.technicaldebt.umbc.edu/) we would like to investigate common beliefs about technical debt. You can help us by giving us your opinion on the 14 common beliefs listed below. Thank you.
Technical Debt Folkore
please indicate whether you agree or disagree with the following statements
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5 Strongly Agree
Accruing technical debt is unavoidable on any non-trivial software project.
Technical debt usually comes from short-term optimizations of time without regard to the long-term effects of the change.
It is very difficult for developers to see the true effect of the technical debt they are incurring.
“Working off debt" can be motivational and good for team morale.
The root cause of most technical debt is pressure from the customer.
Unintentional debt is much more problematic than intentional debt.
The individuals choosing to incur technical debt are usually different from those responsible for servicing the debt.
If technical debt is not managed effectively, maintenance costs will increase at a rate that will eventually outrun the value it delivers to customers.
No matter what, the cost of fixing technical debt increases the longer it remains in the system.
Paying off technical debt doesn't result in anything the customers or users will see.
The biggest problem with technical debt is not its impact on value or earnings, but its impact on predictability.
Technical debt should not be avoided, but managed.
Not all technical debt is bad.
All technical debt is intentional.
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