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Managing Technical Debt of Software - eLearning

Technical debt occurs when a design or construction approach is taken that is expedient in the short term, but increases complexity and cost in the long term. In the course Managing Technical Debt of Software, the concept of technical debt is examined from multiple perspectives, including how it manifests, accumulates, and impacts the enterprise. This course presents approaches to assess the technical debt landscape and teaches mechanisms by which it can be measured and intentionally managed. The instructors examine technical debt management of software using an easy to understand analogy with investment strategy to encourage active management of technical debt, and foster dialogue between business and technical decision makers.

Managing Technical Debt of Software-elearning presents 6 hours of instruction presented by the SEI scientists Dr. Ipek Ozkaya and Dr. Robert Nord. Concepts are presented through lecture and reinforced by way of exercises and quizzes, all of which are accomplished independently.


  • Software and business software professionals who design, develop or manage the construction of software-reliant systems
  • Software practitioners who need to quickly gain insights into how to successfully manage technical debt


The course provides learners with a comprehensive approach to recognizing, assessing, and managing technical debt. After studying this course, learners will have a better understanding of

  • What is meant by the term "technical debt"
  • The technical debt landscape, and technical debt stages and categories
  • How to identify technical debt as artifacts and assess quality attributes, development states, and consequences
  • The role of qualitative and quantitative analysis as applied to technical debt
  • How to identify the attributes of static analysis tools for technical debt
  • The organization's perspective on managing technical debt
  • How the organization's manages technical debt to achieve business goals


  • Introduction to technical debt
  • Technical debt definition framework
  • Making technical debt visible
  • When technical debt accumulates
  • Paying back technical debt
  • Living with technical debt
  • Concluding thoughts


Student will receive copies of the instructional materials used in the course which includes copies of slides and exercises, including the "Hard Choices" game which simulates the software development cycle for educational purposes.


Before registering for this course, learners should have

  • Experience in the development of software-reliant systems
  • Some familiarity with modern software engineering concepts
  • Some understanding of the basic concepts of software architecture

It is recommended that learners acquire a copy of the text book, Managing Technical Debt: Reducing Friction in Software Development. The textbook can be purchased in both printed and electronic forms from many commercial booksellers as well as the publisher, Informit.

To access the SEI Learning Portal, your computer must have the following:

  • For optimum viewing, we recommend using the following browsers: Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari
  • These browsers are supported on the following operating systems: Microsoft Windows 8 (or higher), OSX (Last two major releases), Most Linux Distributions
  • Mobile Operating Systems: iOS 9, Android 6.0
  • Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Chrome and Safari follow a continuous release policy that makes difficult to fix a minimum version. For this reason, following the market recommendation we will support the last 2 major version of each of these browsers. Please note that as of January 2018, we do not support Safari on Windows.

This is an eLearning course.

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Course Fees [USD]

  • eLearning: $400.00


Your access period will begin once you have been added to the SEI Learning Portal and launch the course.

Managing Technical Debt of Software will require a minimum of 6 hours of study time. Once registered, learners will be granted 24-hour-a-day access to the course material for three months.

Learners can proceed through the course at their convenience and can review and repeat individual sections as often as needed.

If you wish to purchase this course for a group of learners, please email or telephone at +1 412-268-1817 for group rate details.

Course Questions?

Phone: 412-268-7388
FAX: 412-268-7401

Training courses provided by the SEI are not academic courses for academic credit toward a degree. Any certificates provided are evidence of the completion of the courses and are not official academic credentials. For more information about SEI training courses, see Registration Terms and Conditions and Confidentiality of Course Records.