Questions about the debt in tech debt

“I thought that rushing software out the door to get some experience with it was a good idea, but that of course, you would eventually go back and as you learned things about that software you would repay that loan by refactoring the program to reflect your experience as you acquired it.”

What is securing this tech debt?

Does this technical debt require periodic payments?

From a developer perspective even technical debt with out payments is a form of psychic baggage.

Does this technical debt accrue interest?

Can we pay it off whenever we want?

Does it have a maturity date?

If the product never does well enough to scale then you never have to pay off that debt.

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