Temporal Discounting in Technical Debt: How do Software Practitioners Discount the Future?

@article{Becker2019TemporalDI,
  title={Temporal Discounting in Technical Debt: How do Software Practitioners Discount the Future?},
  author={Christoph Becker and Fabian Fagerholm and Rahul Mohanani and Alexandros Chatzigeorgiou},
  journal={2019 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Technical Debt (TechDebt)},
  year={2019},
  pages={23-32}
}
  • Christoph Becker, Fabian Fagerholm, +1 author Alexandros Chatzigeorgiou
  • Published in
    IEEE/ACM International…
    2019
  • Economics, Computer Science
  • Technical Debt management decisions always imply a trade-off among outcomes at different points in time. In such intertemporal choices, distant outcomes are often valued lower than close ones, a phenomenon known as temporal discounting. Technical Debt research largely develops prescriptive approaches for how software engineers should make such decisions. Few have studied how they actually make them. This leaves open central questions about how software practitioners make decisions. This paper… CONTINUE READING

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