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Sixth International Workshop on Managing Technical Debt Co-located with 30th International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution (ICSME 2014) Victoria, British Columbia, Canada September 30, 2014 http://www.sei.cmu.edu/community/td2014/ Technical debt is a metaphor that software developers and managers increasingly use to communicate key tradeoffs related to release and quality issues. The Managing Technical Debt workshop series has, since 2010, brought together practitioners and researchers to discuss and define issues related to technical debt and how they can be studied. Workshop participants reiterate the usefulness of the metaphor each year, share emerging practices used in software development organizations, and emphasize the need for more research and better means for sharing emerging practices and results.
A unifying perspective that has been emerging from the workshops is that technical debt is the invisible results of past decisions about software that affect its future. The effect can be negative if debt exists in the form of poorly managed risks, but properly managed debt can be seen in a positive light as adding value in the form of deferred investment opportunities. While confusion still exists about what exactly technical debt means, there is also increasing emphasis both from the research and practitioner community to identity relevant practices to better manage negative consequences of technical debt. Technical debt research, in fact, benefits from decades of ongoing work in maintenance-related areas, such as