Architectural Technical Debt Identification: Moving Forward

Roberto Verdecchia*

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Architectural technical debt is a metaphor used to describe sub-optimal architectural design and implementation choices that bring short-term benefits to the cost of the long-term gradual deterioration of the quality of software. Architectural technical debt is an active field of research. Nevertheless, how to accurately identify architectural technical debt is still an open question. Our research aims to fill this gap. We strive to: (i) consolidate the existing knowledge of architectural technical debt identification in practice, (ii) conceive novel identification approaches built upon the existing state of the art techniques and industrial needs, and (iii) provide empirical evidence of architectural technical debt phenomena and assess the viability of the conceived approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 IEEE International Conference on Software Architecture Companion (ICSA-C)
Subtitle of host publication[Proceedings]
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781538665862
ISBN (Print)9781538665855
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event15th IEEE International Conference on Software Architecture Companion, ICSA-C 2018 - Seattle, United States
Duration: 30 Apr 20184 May 2018


Conference15th IEEE International Conference on Software Architecture Companion, ICSA-C 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Software Architecture
  • Software Maintenance
  • Technical Debt


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