Technical Debt

Technical Debt

The Essential Guide

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"We have technical debt" the CTO says. "Refactoring sprints, not again!" the CEO thinks to herself. Technical debt is the one term all CEOs fear. It throws a wrench in their plans of success. How did they get into that situation? Why didn't the CTO manage engineering properly?

This book is the essential guide to technical debt. What is technical debt? How avoid and prevent technical debt? What are the signs that you have too much technical debt? How do you reduce technical debt? All of these questions are answered in a thorough investigation on what technical debt means and where it comes from.

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Stephan Schmidt
Stephan Schmidt

Stephan Schmidt launched his tech career as a self-taught coder, mastering the art of programming as a kid in a department store back in 1981 with ambitions of creating video games. His passion for technology led him to university, where he delved into computer science, specializing in distributed systems and artificial intelligence, while also exploring the realms of philosophy. With the dawn of the internet era in Germany during the 1990s, Stephan became a pioneering coder and engineering manager for several startups.His journey in the tech world expanded as he founded a venture capital-funded startup and tackled architecture, processes, and growth challenges in various fast-growing VC-backed companies.

His roles have included engineering manager at ImmoScout24 and CTO of an eBay Inc. subsidiary. Following the successful sale of his wife’s startup, the couple relocated to the seaside, where Stephan embraced his role as a CTO coach, guiding technology leaders through the intricacies of their evolving roles.

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