Managing tech debt - When best to work on it?

Don faced an issue at his education tech firm: When should you slow down forward progress on new features in order to spend time on festering technical issues?

  • Randy discusses his explosion of three side projects: An app for HOA board members, an open source project named CaptionPoint, and a marketing app for a service provider
  • Randy states that his two-week break is no longer viable
  • Don discusses the efforts needed to automate tasks for AspirEDU
  • Don throws out the topic "How do you go about making the decision to make the trade off of slowing down new development to tackle old code and inefficiencies"
  • Both Don and Randy agree this topic pertains to more-established firms rather than startups (the pre-optimization problem)

Show music is Dumpster Dive by Marc Walloch, licensed by


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