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Technical Debt Paid-Off

2024.06.12

In our previous posts, we explored what technical debt is and why it happens. Now, let’s focus on the solutions. Managing technical debt is crucial for maintaining the health and efficiency of your software development process. Here’s how platform engineering can play a pivotal role in paying off that debt and preventing its accumulation.

4 Ways Platform Engineering Can Help to Pay Off Technical Debt

  1. Standardization and Good Governance

    The best way to avoid technical debt is to minimize it from the start. Platform engineering provides standardization in development processes, tools, and environments, reducing complexity and variability that can lead to technical debt. By embedding code quality tools and automated code reviews into the build process, platform engineering ensures high coding standards and good governance. This approach reduces the likelihood of code and design debt.

    Whether building a platform from scratch or customizing an existing platform engineering tool, a centralized portal and consistent approach mean developers spend less time troubleshooting and more time on core functionality and addressing existing technical debt.

  2. Assessing Debt with Better Metrics Overview

    The first step in repaying technical debt is understanding what you owe. Platform engineering offers enhanced transparency, allowing you to identify parts of your system with high error rates and bottlenecks in real-time. This visibility helps you address technical problems before they escalate.

    Moreover, assessing your operational debt is crucial. Identify recurring issues that could be automated to save time, money, and prevent errors. This assessment helps prioritize efforts to pay down technical debt effectively.

  3. Automating Tests and Tasks

    Automation is a cornerstone of platform engineering. Automating tasks in building, deployment, and testing workflows drastically improves error rates and application quality. Particularly, automating testing procedures helps identify and address issues early in the development cycle. This not only meets tight business deadlines without sacrificing quality but also reduces the burden on developers.

  4. Tracking Progress with Visibility and Transparency

    Effective communication across teams is essential for managing technical debt. Platform engineering provides a clear view of the development process, ensuring high visibility for all teams. This transparency helps identify and address issues related to code quality, architecture, and design promptly.

    Customizable dashboards in platform engineering tools can focus on different areas of project status, code quality, and deployment health. This allows for better resource allocation to critical areas that might otherwise be neglected and turn into technical debt.

    Moreover, this level of transparency encourages a culture of innovation, continuous improvement, and accountability. Team members become more aware of their impact on the overall project health, motivating them to follow best practices and avoid shortcuts that lead to technical debt. Clear progress and performance tracking provide valuable lessons from past mistakes and guide better future decisions.

Time to Settle Technical Debt

Managing technical debt can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to do it alone. There are solutions available to help assess and prevent the accumulation of technical debt.  Top pick of Resolve Technology is RE:FORM.

RE:FORM is an an All-In-One Platform Engineering Tool that offers smart, self-service, and scalable solutions to enhance your software and application delivery from start to finish. Applications built with RE:FORM relys on standardized architectures and workflows, providing comprehensive benefits for business, tech, ops, and security teams. Contact our team for a free consultation to see how we can help you minimize technical debt with platform engineering solutions.