A Taste of the Software Industry Perception of Technical Debt and its Management in Brazil


  • Victor Machado Silva Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
  • Helvio Jeronimo Junior Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
  • Guilherme Horta Travassos Federal University of Rio de Janeiro




Technical debt, Survey, Experimental Software Engineering


Technical debt (TD) is receiving more and more attention to software engineering. Although it was initially used as a communication tool for technical and non-technical stakeholders, nowadays this concept supports the improvement of the software’s internal quality. Despite the increasing number of studies regarding TD and its management, only a few are concerned with the industry. Therefore, this primary study aims to characterize TD and its management under the perspective of Brazilian software organizations using their practitioners as proxies. A survey was performed with 62 practitioners, representing around 12 organizations and 30 software projects. The analysis of 40 valid questionnaires indicates that TD is still unknown to a considerable fraction of the participants, and only a small group of organizations adopt TD management activities in their projects. The survey package is available and can be used to support further investigations on TD management in software organizations.


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Silva, V. M., Junior, H. J., & Travassos, G. H. (2019). A Taste of the Software Industry Perception of Technical Debt and its Management in Brazil. Journal of Software Engineering Research and Development, 7, 1:1 – 1:16. https://doi.org/10.5753/jserd.2019.19



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