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Using Enterprise Technical Debt to Improve Modernization Outcomes

Using Enterprise Technical Debt to Improve Modernization Outcomes

Monday, October 21, 2019 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm
Imagine Nation Theater
Mission Modernization

Technical debt, shortcuts developers take to get software delivered sooner, is not often correlated with modernization success or failure. However, certain types of technical debt can decimate O&M budgets and cause new modernization projects to fail. We refer to this type of technical debt as Enterprise Technical Debt. Working with a large government organization several years, we have developed an empirically-driven approach for detecting and tracking Enterprise Technical Debt. In this talk, we will describe examples/characteristics of Enterprise Technical Debt and explain how we use it to improve IT modernization outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Common modernization pitfalls and how these relate to enterprise-wide technical debt management practices
  • What type of technical debt has biggest impact on costs, effort and schedule as well as the difference between project-level technical debt and enterprise-level technical debt
  • How to use technical debt data to improve the probability of modernization success and guide enterprise roadmap/investments

Stephany Bellomo – Principle Engineer, Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute

Lisa J. Creason – Director, Office of Information Systems Management, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Food and Drug Administration