All businesses need effective tools. But when faced with breakneck growth, massive digital transformation, or simply keeping on top of dozens of projects, it can be hard to justify the cost and time to implement these tools -- even those that could boost the effectiveness of your software development efforts.
The Sema team has spent the last year interviewing software development leaders in organizations of all types: Fortune 500 companies with decades of legacy code; start-ups who accrued tech debt as they moved quickly to grow their business; private equity-owned companies that acquire multiple new tech properties a year; and outsourced development shops who track every line of code written.
Any programmer can tell you that refactoring is huge headache, but despite thousands of hours collaborating with development teams, I used to spend little time thinking about technical debt.
As a long-time product leader – with more than 15 years serving over a dozen institutions working on countless products – I should have known better.