By leashing your tech debt reduction efforts to real outcomes in this way, you avoid freaking out business leaders, who are quick to think that technical debt is something that engineers work on to satisfy their own perfectionist tendencies.
…ity of the Product Manager to figure out the cost-benefit analysis of letting that tech debt stand. Just as carrying financial debt comes with interest that accumulates as long as the debt exists, technical debt comes with its own ongoing costs.
‘…we don’t really learn anything properly until there is a problem, until we are in pain, until something fails to go as we hoped. We suffer therefore we think and we do so because it helps up place pain in context, it helps us to understand its origins, plot its dimensions, and reconcile ourselves to its presence. It follows that ideas that have arisen without pain lack an important source of motivation.’ — Alain de Botton, How Proust Can Change Your Life
…one where the work week still existed and began on Mondays, would the dread still remain? Probably. Because working is about more than just making money and participating in the economy. Work is also a large part of how we participate in society.