Technical Debt on Agile Projects: Managers point of view at Stack Exchange


Context: The literature has proposed different approaches for Agile software development technical debt (ASD-TD) management, they are usually based on the point of view of software developers. Little is known about how project management practitioners actually perceive ASD-TD. Goal: To investigate how managers commonly discuss, experience, and manage ASD-TD, as well as roles, artifacts, and practices affected by ASD-TD extracted from Stack Exchange Project Management (SEPM). Method: We compiled 79 ASD-TD discussions from SEPM, and analyzed them quantitatively and qualitatively. Results: We identified 51 indicators used by managers to recognize ASD-TD items. The most commonly discussed types of TD are process and people debt. In addition, the Product Owner and Development Team are the most important roles with respect to ASD-TD. Sprint Backlog and Sprint Planning are the agile elements most affected by ASD-TD. We organized the TD indicators, roles involved, and agile elements affected by ASD-TD into a Mind Map. Conclusion: The perspective considered by project management practitioners to analyze the ASD-TD phenomenon is different from the one considered by other roles in agile software development.
Palavras-chave: Technical debt, Project management practitioners, Agile software development, Stack Exchange
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SANTOS, Eder Pereira; GOMES, Felipe; FREIRE, Sávio; MENDONÇA, Manoel; MENDES, Thiago Souto; SPÍNOLA, Rodrigo. Technical Debt on Agile Projects: Managers point of view at Stack Exchange. In: SIMPÓSIO BRASILEIRO DE QUALIDADE DE SOFTWARE (SBQS), 21. , 2022, Curitiba/PR. Anais [...]. Porto Alegre: Sociedade Brasileira de Computação, 2022 . p. 190-198.