TechDebt 2022
Tue 17 - Wed 18 May 2022 Pennsylvania, United States
co-located with ICSE 2022

Code quality remains an abstract concept that fails to get traction at the business level. Consequently, software companies keep trading code quality for time-to-market and new features. The resulting technical debt is estimated to waste up to 42% of developers’ time. At the same time, there is a global shortage of software developers, meaning that developer productivity is key to software businesses. Our overall mission is to make code quality a business concern, not just a technical aspect. Our first goal is to understand how code quality impacts 1) the number of reported defects, 2) the time to resolve issues, and 3) the predictability of resolving issues on time. We analyze 39 proprietary production codebases from a variety of domains using the CodeScene tool based on a combination of source code analysis, version-control mining, and issue information from Jira. By analyzing activity in 40,000 files, we find that low quality code contains 15 times more defects than high quality code. Furthermore, resolving issues in low quality code takes on average 124% more time in development. Finally, we report that issue resolutions in low quality code involve higher uncertainty manifested as 9 times longer maximum cycle times. This study provides evidence that code quality cannot be dismissed as a technical concern. With 15 times fewer defects, twice the development speed, and substantially more predictable issue resolution times, the business advantage of high quality code should be unmistakably clear.

Wed 18 May

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13:00 - 14:00
Papers Session 4 TD Impact and Perspectives IITechnical Papers / Tools Track / Catering at TechDebt room
Code Red: The Business Impact of Code Quality - A Quantitative Study of 39 Proprietary Production Codebases
Technical Papers
Adam Tornhill Codescene AB, Markus Borg RISE Research Institutes of Sweden
Towards measuring the aggregated debt of Trustworthiness level
Technical Papers
Imanol Urretavizcaya Tecnalia, Basque Research & Technology Alliance (BRTA), Nuria Quintano Tecnalia, Jabier Martinez Tecnalia
Day closing
Virtual Closing and In Person Details
Technical Papers
Neil Ernst University of Victoria, Valentina Lenarduzzi University of Oulu, Tushar Sharma Dalhousie University

Information for Participants
Wed 18 May 2022 13:00 - 14:00 at TechDebt room - Papers Session 4 TD Impact and Perspectives II
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