Hunting Tech Debt via Org Charts

Knowing where to look for problems by figuring out who reports up to whom

Carson as Carnac the Magnificent
“Let’s see…. no backups, twenty convoluted stored procedures and old C++ code”

After a couple years in government I used to blow peoples’ minds with a fairly simple party trick. Before going into our first meeting with a new agency stakeholder I would predict several key details of what their problems were going to be. All I needed was the name and title of the person we were meeting.



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Marianne Bellotti

Marianne Bellotti


Author of Kill It with Fire Manage Aging Computer Systems (and Future Proof Modern Ones)