Technical Debt Remediation Survey

Survey of Effort to Fix Violations of Good Architectural and Coding Practice


Invitation to Participate in the Survey


Technical debt saps IT budgets, hinders innovation, and leaves organizations vulnerable to digital disasters. Members of the Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ) have written software quality standards to measure the Security, Reliability, Performance Efficiency and Maintainability of IT applications. CISQ is developing a measure of Technical Debt based on the effort to fix the critical violations of good architectural and coding practice that underlie these quality characteristics. Thus, this measure expresses technical debt as a cost based on the effort to fix critical problems. To understand the effort required to fix critical software defects included in Technical Debt, CISQ has published the following survey that is being distributed to developers. The data is critical to providing a sound empirical foundation for measuring technical debt.


Time Frame


The survey is open from January 1, 2017 to January 20, 2017. DEADLINE EXTENDED into February.




The survey data is being collected via a PDF form. The PDF form is 19 pages long and consists of a series of radio button questions and a few open-ended questions. All responses will remain anonymous unless the respondent selects otherwise. The survey may be started, saved, and returned to again for completion. To submit responses, click the “Send by email” button at the end of the PDF form. You may also email the completed survey to


As a thank you for your time:

  • The first 50 respondents will receive a $20 Amazon gift card
  • One $250 Amazon gift card is being raffled off from the pool of all respondents
  • Respondents have the option to be listed as contributors to the Technical Debt specification on CISQ’s website

Download the Survey


Technical Debt Remediation Survey (PDF)




Contact Dr. Bill Curtis, Executive Director of CISQ (