presented the metaphor of "Complexity as debt" in his closing speech. Here it is:
- Skipping design is like borrowing money. (I like "writing code" better than "skipping design" here -- JimLittle)
- Refactoring is like repaying principal
- Slower development due to complexity is like paying interest
- [a later addition] When the whole project caves in under the mess, is that like when the big guys come round and slam your hands in the car door for not paying up?
See also TechnicalDebt
You could refer to this sort of debt as DesignDebt
suggested on the XpMailingList
that it's an effective metaphor to communicate development tradeoffs to people with a business mindset.
Ward explains the debt metaphor in his 1992 OOPSLA experience report and again in a 2009 YouTube
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