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Issue No. 06 - Nov.-Dec. (2012 vol. 29)
ISSN: 0740-7459
pp: 18-21
Philippe Kruchten , University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Robert L. Nord , Software Engineering Institute
Ipek Ozkaya , Software Engineering Institute
The metaphor of technical debt in software development was introduced two decades ago to explain to nontechnical stakeholders the need for what we call now "refactoring." As the term is being used to describe a wide range of phenomena, this paper proposes an organization of the technical debt landscape, and introduces the papers on technical debt contained in the issue.
Software quality, Investments, Risk management, Sofware testing, Software maintenance, maintainability, technical debt, software quality, refactoring, evolvability

I. Ozkaya, R. L. Nord and P. Kruchten, "Technical Debt: From Metaphor to Theory and Practice," in IEEE Software, vol. 29, no. , pp. 18-21, 2012.
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