Why Do Good Coding Practices Matter? The Impact of Technical Debt on IT-Investments

Triggering financial terminologies, the term “technical debt” refers to the debt IT Executives can incur while engaging IT-investments. This tech deficit is the result of the necessity to trade quality over short-term goals. Sometimes it can appear as the fastest, cheapest and more accessible solution. However ain’t such thing as fast, cheap and good

On the long run, your technical debt will increase and sustainably affect your IT-costs by generating technical and human additional spendings, negatively impacting your ROIs, your reputation as well as day-to-day business operations.

How does clean code benefit your ROIs?

Clean code is an essential component of any functional tech product. An A-level app or software will involve fewer maintenance operations in the future. It will fly almost instinctively. No matter how impressive the term ‘clean code’ sounds, how can we precisely define it?

Clean code is crystal clear to understand and can be easily modified by any new programmer involved.

Oppositely, poor coding practices will require a higher level of maintenance operations. Instead of stimulating ideas and the creativity within your team, you will face a team engaged in solving past issues due to unstable foundations. Would not you have your best talent focusing on innovation and future ideas instead of fixing old mistakes?

Impact on productivity and efficiency

While good coding practices allow you to focus on what truly matters, poor coding methods will lead to a massive waste of resources: human, financial and technical. In that matter, research has shown edifying results making you wonder what if you had to choose between short-term goals over quality?

Top quality coding increased team productivity by 2 when efficiency increases by 13% points from a quality level to another.

Other Consequences of poor coding practices

Amongst several lousy outcomes of poor coding practices, we will highlight reliability as well as credibility. Who will ever trust a platform suffering from recurring bugs and failures? In short, poor coding practices will affect your online and offline reputation. On the long run, bad coding practices will lead to a massive waste of time and resources. Imagine your best assets spending hours fixing technical issues that could have been avoided right from the beginning.

How to avoid Technical Debt?

Excellent communication is essential to handle any successful project from A to Z. Any project manager, scrum master or team member involved in a tech project must ensure a smooth communication flow, understandable to anyone involved. Ensure to create a detailed roadmap accessible to all your programmers. More importantly, it is crucial to building a ‘killing-team’, made of versatile talent and personalities. It does not matter if you get a solo developer or a full team on board, they must be a perfect fit for the project and to your company culture. That’s why we always highlight the fact that all developers and development team who get access to GROW are tested, validated, and certified, ensuring the best workflow and end-result.

Have you already faced poor coding practices in day-to-day business? How did you handle/solve the situation? We’d love to hear your experience, share them in the comment section below

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