[2021 kcdc] a product approach to tech debt

This post is my live blog from KCDC. For more, see the 2021 KCDC live blog TOC

Speaker: Jennie Ocken


I went to another session first so only saw the second half of this talk.


  • Conway law 
  • Document debt.
  • Decide how much acceptable.
  • Project vs product thinking.
  • Short term thinking.
  • Can deliver quickly if it is less valuable or poor quality. 
  • Three horizons – majority existing market   Next new market if something new for existing market. Then both new 
  • Measure what fire fighting. We reward this culture. Have to thank senior people for working weekend to solve problem. But then juniors think have to. H
  • Hippo. Highest paid persons opinion
  • Objective truth. What are facts. 
  • Debt compounds. 

My take

I missed half, but I liked the half I saw!

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