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

Abstract

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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Published
2019-07-15
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SILVA, Victor Machado; JUNIOR, Helvio Jeronimo; TRAVASSOS, Guilherme Horta. A Taste of the Software Industry Perception of Technical Debt and its Management in Brazil. Journal of Software Engineering Research and Development, [S.l.], v. 7, p. 1:1 - 1:16, july 2019. ISSN 2195-1721. Available at: <https://sol.sbc.org.br/journals/index.php/jserd/article/view/19>. Date accessed: 14 oct. 2019. doi: https://doi.org/10.5753/jserd.2019.19.
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