Investigating Causes and Effects of Technical Debt on Software Projects
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Thank you for agreeing to participate in our survey! InsighTD is a family of surveys conducted by a worldwide consortium of researchers ( Currently, researchers from 7 countries are replicating the study: Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Finland, Netherlands, Serbia, and United States.

Our goal is to help both practitioners and researchers to better understand possible causes and effects of TD presence in software projects. The collected information will lay the foundation for identifying practically relevant problems in the TD area. The survey may take about 10-20 minutes to complete.

The survey will be completely anonymous and voluntary. At the end of the survey, you will be asked to enter your email address (OPTIONAL). If you agree to provide your e-mail address, we will provide you with an overview of the survey results after an initial analysis. In any case, please be assured that the survey follows a high academic standard and is conducted anonymously. We will not associate your email address with your answers and exclusively use the addresses for the purpose of providing you with the survey results.

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Thank you! For further information, please contact:

Nicolli Rios ( - University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)
Dr. Carolyn Seaman ( - University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)
Dr. Clemente Izurieta ( - Montana State University
Dr. Davide Falessi ( - California Polytechnic State University

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