Technical debt happens and yes, entropy is real.
This is one of the truths when developing software. But let’s be clear about it. No one purposefully creates technical debt.
Technical debt happens because of a variety of reasons. Each business and technical decision can influence the build-up of technical debt.
It is not confined to legacy technology. It can happen to the best of us.
Mostly it happens because of time constraints.
The dreaded deadline. Or client expectations, or ever-increasing customer expectations, cyber threats or developer turnover, demanding more within changing timelines.
Often it happens because you are shifting a task to attend to it later when you have more time.
There is a deadline to be met, and this particular issue is not hampering the functionality at the moment.
So, you move it out, with the best intentions of getting back to it when the pressure is off.
But then, the pressure is never off, is it?
Your good intentions are eaten up by other demands, and gradually the technical debt accumulates.
Which means that it’s not a one-day problem.
Technical debt is a day one problem.
Because you can pay the debt from the start, or you will pay later through time, money and resources, with interest.
It has been proven time and time again that prevention is better than a cure.
This is where JustSolve enters the picture.
Because managing technical debt depends on more than just a few factors.
It is not just as clear-cut as finding the balance between time, quality, cost and other tradeoffs.
It is finding the right mix between the governance model, the toolset, the team who will be building the solution, their mindset as well as their skillset. All of which JustSolve excels at.
And then, of course, using the correct technology to eliminate technical debt from the start.
In JustSolve’s case – OutSystems.
That’s because OutSystems is low-code technology. It is five times faster than traditional coding.
And when it comes to technical debt – it is also five times smarter.
There are no proprietary components, runtime engines or interpreters required.
OutSystems is reliant on standard architectures and frameworks. Meaning that even before development begins, you are already (mostly) free of technical debt build-up.
The beauty of OutSystems is that technical debt is picked up during development through a combination of AI, automation and analytics that highlights architecture deficiencies, broken code and faulty logic.
It is done through a system called TrueChange, where immediate feedback is given and, in some cases, corrective measures automatically applied.
If the problem is larger, the source of the error is linked, together with suggestions on how to fix it.
OutSystems also provides a unique Architecture Dashboard that offers a high-level analysis of your app.
A revolutionary tool, the Architecture Dashboard gives you a visual overview of which apps and modules hold technical debt across your entire OutSystems app portfolio – colour-coded for easy reference.
On top of these ready-made technical debt-busting tools, OutSystems has also created a debugging tool, merge capabilities between different developers working on the same module as well as self-documentation.
A visual representation of your app’s action flow, the clearly documented code makes it easy to see where data is coming from as well as which logical decision points it goes through on its way back and forth from the user.
All of these are of course magic. But still requires the know-how and best practices of the team using it.
To really leverage the power of OutSystems, you need the team that lives by it.
You need JustSolve.
To keep your technical debt out of the red, please contact Botha van der Vyver, CEO of JustSolve here.
Or if you want to read about a case study where JustSolve eliminated technical debt using OutSystems, please click here.