You’re thinking about technical debt all wrong

“Debt is like any other trap, easy enough to get into, but hard enough to get out of.”
—Josh Billings (American humorist)

It’s one of the dirtiest words in tech. Just as in life, the very mention of debt conjures feelings of being weighed down, under stress. And getting out of debt is a chore.

In software engineering specifically, technical debt generally refers to a system that is ageing and eating up engineers’ valuable time. Technical debt is something to be managed, maintained, minimized. It’s the last thing on the backlog. It will eventually sink you.

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