Welcome to the First International Workshop on Technical Debt Analytics

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A draft program is now available

An open challenge in Technical Debt (TD) research is to translate TD threats into economic opportunities, so development teams can make a strong case to the business side to invest on paying off TD by increasing Technical Wealth (TW). For this, a comprehensive TD/TW theory (e.g., standardizing ambiguous terms into a consistent vocabulary) is needed to formalize and consolidate relationships between the costs of technical debt and benefits of technical wealth. We aim to gather practitioners and researchers working in this area, to share experiences, concur on terminologies and evaluation guidelines.

The workshop will offer a specialised arena in TD to address the following goals:

  1. Calibrating technical debt and technical wealth related terminologies and concepts that are used indistinctly and interchangeably in software engineering literature.
  2. Comparing, integrating, compiling and even reconciling empirical work on the effects of technical debt/technical wealth from economic and organisational perspectives.

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Topics of Interest

We are interested in all topics that help address the goals of the workshop outlined above, including but not limited to:

Submission guidelines

Participants are invited to submit a position paper of 2-4 pages or a 1 page abstract for a lightning talk on the workshop topics. All submissions will be peer-reviewed and judged on the basis of their clarity, relevance, and interest to the workshop participants. At least one author of each accepted paper has to register for the workshop. Paper submissions must be in English and conform to the IEEE Double Column format: http://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/publishing/templates.html

Papers are to be submitted electronically to the TDA EasyChair paper submission system (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=tda2016)

The workshop proceedings will be published at CEUR-WS, which is indexed by dblp.

Important Dates:

Keynote Speaker

Ewan Tempero - University of Auckland, New Zealand


Towards quantifying technical debt

Technical debt (TD) is a metaphor that comes from the financial world, however it breaks down almost immediately. In the financial world when considering taking on debt, we can use a financial planner to determine such things as what our regular payments need to be and what the total cost of the loan will be. In software development, those making a decision that creates TD have no idea how much debt they are taking on, and often do not even realise when they are taking on some debt. For the metaphor to be useful, we must develop the means to quantify TD, in particular to be able to do so before we take on TD.

In this talk I will discuss the current status of measuring TD and present some ideas as to what we have to do to develop the necessary tools to properly manage TD, specifically what we need to do to quantify TD.

Speaker Bio

Ewan Tempero is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at The University of Auckland, New Zealand. He graduated from the University of Otago, New Zealand, with a B.Sc., (Honours) in Mathematics in 1983 and received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Washington, USA, in 1990. He has published over 170 papers in journals and internationally-refereed conferences, mainly in the areas of software reuse, software tools, and software metrics. His current research is developing metrics for measuring the quality of software designs. He is the developer and maintainer of the Qualitas Corpus


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