Jack Danger on Technical Debt


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In Season 2, Episode 10 of Lead Time Chats, Jean Hsu, VP of Engineering at Range, chats with Jack Danger, VP of Engineering at Pathstream, about technical debt — when to take it on, when and how to pay it down, and how to think about it.

Jack and Jean discuss:

  • How to think about technical debt as you might think about financial debt - when do you take it on, and when do you pay it down?
  • Why you don't actually want your startup's codebase to have no technical debt
  • How to strategically take on technical debt so that you can make higher-ROI investments
  • What 0% interest technical debt looks like versus high interest rate technical debt
  • How to align product, engineering, and design behind common goals and metrics

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