All Tech is Debt


All your tech is old. Even your new stuff is already old: somebody’s already building something that’s better. And they’re probably going to give it away for free! So, what can you do about that? I have thoughts.

We all spend a lot of energy trying to discover tech debt, and eliminate it. Fat chance! In this talk, I will convince you that all tech is debt, and that it’s futile to try to live debt-free. Why? Because none of your tech is an asset; it’s all liability. From the minute it’s created, it’s already old. It has security vulnerabilities. It’s not idiomatic to whatever the latest trends are. It’s eating you from the inside! So what can you do about it? Throw away as much as you can. Let someone else build the rest. And most importantly, focus on your real assets: your people, your culture, your brand. Your customers! Technologists are an asset. But tech? That’s debt.

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Dave Stanke

 
I’m a DevOps Advocate for Google Cloud Platform. My job is about talking with DevOps practitioners: listening to stories, telling stories, sharing a healthy cry. Prior to Google, I was the CTO of ...