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Technical debt is a common problem faced by software engineers today. It occurs when bugs and shortcuts are taken during development, resulting in long-term costs that must be paid down to ensure the stability and reliability of the system over time. If not properly managed, technical debt can cause serious problems with an application's maintenance and support. In this blog post, we will discuss these five top causes of technical debt so you can learn how to avoid them in your own development projects. With insight into why technical debt is created and how it affects teams, you’ll have all the knowledge you need to protect yourself from falling into this costly trap.

Lack Of Technical Knowledge

Technical debt is a serious issue in business today, as companies are continuing to struggle to keep up with the rapidly changing technical landscape. The lack of technical knowledge among many managers and employees prevents them from understanding the complexities related to technical debt, leading to missed opportunities and costly mistakes. It is essential that businesses invest in technical training and properly educate their staff on current technologies, so they can make informed decisions that will help reduce technical debt in favor of long-term gains. 

Unexpected Technical Difficulties And Shifts In Requirements

The technical debt of a project can quickly accumulate when unexpected technical difficulties, as well as shifts in requirements, are encountered. It is important to plan for technical debt in the early stages of planning a project to prevent excessive technical debt buildup due to both uncertainties and adding features later. Many times technical debts form because some technical concerns were not addressed at the beginning and when they are needed, it takes additional resources to rectify those issues. Therefore, it's important to adequately assess technical risk early on when planning a project and plan for the worst-case technical scenarios so that if unexpected technical difficulties arise or requirements change throughout the course of the project, technical debt can be minimized.

Tight Timelines

The major challenge companies face in software development is technical debt; when due to tight timelines, developers are forced to make trade-offs between perfection and consistency during the design. Over time, these technical problems accumulate and can become difficult or even impossible to rectify. Companies invested in their technical infrastructure should take the necessary time to properly plan out projects and solutions, as it can be more expensive to try and fix technical debt that arises from rushed development. Aiming for technical excellence and sustainability should always be at the forefront of development plans rather than simply meeting a timeline.

Rushed Development Cycles

Technical debt, which occurs when technical shortcuts are taken during the software development process, can be a major problem in rushed development cycles. The rush to complete projects quickly can lead to technical debt that could result in poor functioning applications and unnecessary wasted time spent addressing technical issues down the line. Organizations must take steps to properly manage technical debt within their development cycles in order to prevent future issues and wasted resources. This includes taking the time upfront to develop project plans and thoroughly testing solutions every step of the way. Doing so allows teams to move through their sprints with confidence and maximize their efficiency while ensuring a solid product is created.

Releasing Without Testing

Releasing code without sufficient testing can result in technical debt. Technical debt is caused when quick fixes are made to a product's codebase, resulting in sloppy coding and making future improvements harder. When software teams rush the development cycle, technical debt builds up and starts to affect the bottom line; this type of debt can slow down production, increase expenses, and even delay features from reaching users. For this reason, it's important for software organizations to plan for technical debt and build long-term strategies for resolving technical issues that accumulate due to a lack of testing during the release process. Investing time now will save time (and money) down the road.


Software technical debt is like financial debt: it's easy to acquire, difficult to get rid of, and can have ruinous effects if left unchecked. As a result, it's important for organizations to track and manage their technical debt just as they would any other kind of debt. In this blog post, we've outlined the top 5 causes of technical debt. By understanding these causes, you can develop strategies for avoiding or mitigating them in your own organization.

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