Complexity As Debt

At XpUniverseTwoThousandOne, WardCunningham presented the metaphor of "Complexity as debt" in his closing speech. Here it is: See also TechnicalDebt, PairingDebt You could refer to this sort of debt as DesignDebt or RefactoringDebt. JohnBrewer suggested on the XpMailingList that it's an effective metaphor to communicate development tradeoffs to people with a business mindset. See

Ward explains the debt metaphor in his 1992 OOPSLA experience report and again in a 2009 YouTube video ...


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