Ernesto Tagwerker: Tracking Technical Debt With Metrics (aka Stink Score)

EP-043 | February 17, 2020 | 46:54

In the latest episode of Maintainable, we're joined by Ernesto Tagwerker, Founder and CTO of OmbuLabs. This isn't just another podcast episode; it's a deep dive into the world of technical debt and Ruby on Rails.

Ernesto starts by demystifying technical debt – it's more than just a buzzword; it's a real challenge that can turn your project into a Tar Pit. And, believe it or not, there are actual tools to measure this. We explore these tools and how they can help identify technical debt and communicate the progress of tackling it.

Then, we get into the juicy part: Ruby on Rails upgrades. Ernesto shares the strategies his team at OmbuLabs uses to help clients with these upgrades. And I, Robby, chime in with how we handle similar challenges at Planet Argon. It's like getting insights from two different angles on the same tricky problem!

We also touch on recruiting consultant-minded developers, hiring junior devs, and what senior developers should aim for in mentoring. Oh, and for the Rails enthusiasts, Ernesto gives us a sneak peek into what's coming in Rails 6.1.

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