Shop Talk: 2021-12-20

The Recording

The Panelists

  • Kevin Feasel
  • Mala Mahadevan
  • Mike Chrestensen
  • Special Guest Star Jeff Moden

Notes: Questions and Topics

Board Elections

Board elections for the Triangle Area SQL Server Users Group have wrapped up and we are happy to have Tracy Boggiano and Mike Chrestensen back for their two-year terms. Thank you to everybody who voted.

Technical Debt

Our big topic was around technical debt, including a description of what it is, how you can minimize it, and even how much it matters. I decided to play Devil’s Advocate a bit, as developers tend to be on the “fix all the technical debt!” train, and somebody’s got to make it interesting…

Mike brought up Martin Fowler’s tech debt quadrant, which gives one helpful way of distinguishing classes of technical debt. I fumbled around with some thoughts and will need to write a fuller blog post to get my ideas out. Jeff Moden also made an appearance and talked about his situation, which sounds to me like a really difficult one to be in (to put it nicely).

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