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Some thoughts on technical debt

Some thoughts on technical debt

Lorenzo Frattini

There are two types of mistakes all developers make:

  • Those you can live with indefinitely
  • Those you can live with for now, but that you have to fix at some point.

I want to talk about these today.

There is research that shows how remediation costs grow through different stages of the development lifecycle. The later you fix, the greater the cost.

At Clayton, we look after a lot of Salesforce code. Data tells us that a team of 6 developers accrues on average 67.5 hours of future rework every week, 1,485 hours every month.
This capacity - 17,820 hours/year - goes to waste.

It's not because they aren't skilled, nor because they are lazy. In fact:

  • Most are experienced developers
  • Most are Salesforce certified
  • Most run PMD before they commit
  • Most do peer reviews

Yet, priorities and deadlines make people cut corners sometimes.

We can look after your team and automate this out of existence, so that you get your code first time right, ship faster, rework less.

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