Lee Atchison

✍🏻📖 Don’t Let Technical Debt Sink Your Business 👎🏊‍♂️🚣‍♀️

published5 months ago
3 min read

Don't let technical debt sink your business!

The pandemic accelerated large-scale digital transformations for many companies. However, accelerated application growth often leads to increased technical debt.

This increased debt made it difficult for leaders to innovate and create new and improved customer experiences from their technologies. This stifled innovation means lower long-term revenue. Eventually, technical debt will sink your business.

But what is technical debt—and how can you control it?

In the latest episode of the Modern Digital Business podcast, I discuss this common challenge and provide answers to questions such as:

  • What exactly do we mean by “technical debt”?
  • What are common ways this debt accrues in an organization?
  • How will your company be forced to pay back its debt in the future?
  • How does technical debt make it harder to respond to competitor threats?

Want another podcast episode on technical debt? Join me on the Software Engineering Daily podcast where I talked earlier this year with Alex DeBrie about technical debt.

Is reading more your thing? Then check out my article in InfoWorld on technical debt.

Speaking of Software Engineering Daily

I've recently joined Software Engineering Daily as a regular guest host on that podcast. Here are some of my latest episodes I've created with them:

Are you interested in being a guest on the Modern Digital Business Podcast?

Do you have an interesting tale about modern application development? Let me know! I'm looking for people interested in talking with me on my podcast, Modern Digital Business. Simply send me a message or schedule a call to talk about it.

Did you say new book?

Lee, aren't you due to publish a new book soon? Well, one is coming! In fact, two are coming. Stay tuned for more information and access to early release versions.

(ok, so technically, I have three books in the works, including a new O'Reilly Media title... you'll just have to wait and see what they are! Yes, I've been writing a lot recently...)

Speaking of O'Reilly Media

Yes, that's right! I'm doing more with O'Reilly Media. My highly popular live course, Building a Cloud Roadmap will be returning, newly updated. Join me on Oct 5, 2022 at 9am PDT and listen live! This course is free for O'Reilly Safari members.

Can't join live? Sign up anyway and you'll have access to the recorded version of the course afterwards. Or, wait until December 6th when I will be offering it again!

Modern Digital Business Podcast

The Modern Digital Business podcast is now live! Listen to my first episode on the Finances of a Cloud Migration. Hear the premier episode of the new series ModernOps with Beth Long, and the start of Tech Tapas Tuesdays-just a little bit of tech. All of this and more is coming on Modern Digital Business.

Need a Cloud Center of Excellence?

How about watching my latest LinkedIn Learning course!

This course will give you practical, useful advice for determining if a CCoE can benefit your organization, as well as how to create and leverage a CCoE. And the best part? It’s short! It won’t take much of your time, less than an hour total. Look for it on the LinkedIn Learning site!

Need more CCoE Material?

Check out these articles from my column in InfoWorld:

These should give you plenty of reading on CCoEs and how they can help your organization grow and mature in your organization’s cloud journey.

Looking to modernize your application organization?

Check out Architecting for Scale. Currently in it's second edition, this book, written by Lee Atchison, and published by O'Reilly Media, will help you build high scale, highly available web applications, or modernize your existing applications. Check it out! Available in paperback or on Kindle from or other retailers.

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