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.


Survey Time Frame


The survey was open from January 1, 2017 to February 28, 2017. The survey is now closed.


How to Complete the Survey


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 at the end of the survey. The survey may be started, saved, and returned to again for completion by saving the PDF to your computer. To submit responses, click the “Send by email” button at the end of the PDF form. You may also email the completed survey to


Download the Survey


Technical Debt Remediation Survey (PDF)




Contact Dr. Bill Curtis, Executive Director of CISQ (