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Friday, October 30 • 11:30am - 12:10pm
Technical Debt : The Cinderella of Software Delivery

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Technical Debt is perhaps the most difficult concept to get across to business and non-technical stakeholders in an organisation. It has traditionally been the IT “thing” conversations of which are better banished to the basement. As a business, you can go fast and take some debt, but it is often forgotten that this debt needs to be paid back. Technical Debt has always been a black box for the business leading to a lack of sponsorship and funding. A symptom of this is that any work to pay down debt needs to masquerade as feature work or as part of defect fixes. This is not sustainable though as the debt load grows there is only so much debt you can pay down under the guise of features, defects and non-functional requirements and all it does is mask the problem.

To change the way business views and perceives technical debt, a radical change is needed in the way it is viewed and treated at all levels in the organisation - not just IT. It’s time to have an open conversation about Debt with the business and give it a seat at the table when it comes to planning software delivery and correlating it to business value. It is not easy, this change needs perseverance and time, but it can be done. 

In this session, Laksh Ranganathan - Snr. Flow Advisor at Tasktop, talks about how Tasktop is helping organisations to make Debt visible and bringing it to the forefront of product planning.

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Laksh Ranganathan

Senior Manager, Product Operations, Tasktop
A career technologist, with over 18 years in IT spanning across engineering, product management and consulting, Laksh Ranganathan, is passionate about a data driven approach to product management and leveraging data to make customer-centric products. At Tasktop, Laksh works as a Snr... Read More →

Friday October 30, 2020 11:30am - 12:10pm UTC
Room 1