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Manage It! by Johanna Rothman

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Start People with a Mind-Set Toward Reducing Technical Debt

It’s the first day on a new project, and your team is assembled and ready to go. You have everything in place—everything except the requirements. You can start the project team fixing defects from a previous release. It doesn’t even matter whether the product they are working on is a predecessor of the one on which they will be working.

The key is to help the developers and testers start the project thinking about the consequences of taking shortcuts in their practices.

If you’re working on a follow-on release, the team’s work will pay down technical debt (see Appendix 2, Glossary of Terms). If you’re working on a new product, you can assign some of the team to prototyping activities ...

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