What Engineers Think about Technical Debt and Its Impact on Team Morale, Velocity, and Customer Experience.
Employee morale is one of the most difficult things to manage, especially now that companies are switching to long-term remote work solutions. The survey reveals that technical debt is actually a major driver of decreasing morale. Developers often feel like they are forced to prioritise new features over vital maintenance work that could improve their experience and velocity and this is taking a significant toll.
More than half of respondents claim that their companies do not deal with technical debt well, highlighting that the divide between engineers and leadership is widening rather than closing. Engineers are clearly convinced that technical debt is the primary reason for productivity losses, however, they seem to be struggling to make it a priority.