From technical debt to organizing wealth

This is a post in my series on organizing “between and beyond.” Other posts are here.

Kitty Wooley (@kwooleyy) tweeted Andrea Goulet’s technical debt post and wondered whether there’s an analog in organizations. This is definitely an idea to pursue.

Goulet says, “We realized that what we were doing transcended clearing out old code, we were actually remodeling software the way you would remodel a house to make it last longer, run better, do more. It got me thinking about how companies have to invest in mending their code to get more productivity. Just like you have to put a new roof on a house to make it more valuable.”1

Yes, this is what I’m trying to do – not with software – but with organizing itself. To paraphrase Goulet, we need to remodel organizing. In a way, I want to do more than just put a new roof on the house. I want to repair the foundation of the house.

To be continued…

1 Andrea Goulet, Forget Technical Debt — Here’s How to Build Technical Wealth, (accessed 2016-08-13).

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Jan Höglund has over 35 years of experience in different roles as software developer, project manager, line manager, consultant, and researcher. This is his personal blog where he shares his reading, book reviews, and learning.

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