Chapter 3. Moons of Saturn—The Crucial Role of Context

In this chapter, we introduce three case studies that we’ll use throughout the book to illustrate the main concepts of technical debt and the strategies for managing it. All long-lived software-intensive systems have to deal with technical debt within their context. The interactions and specifics of the many factors of context help development organizations understand the systems and navigate the causes and consequences of the debt.

“It Depends…”

When asking questions about software development practices, how often have you heard the reply, “it depends”? This is not just a way to dismiss the question. There are no all-inclusive answers, universally applicable techniques, or standard recipes. ...

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