Eltjo Poort – CGI
The Cost and Benefit of Technical Debt reduction

Wednesday, October 9, 9.00 – 10.00

Agile teams tend to focus on direct business value. One of the side effects is that it is sometimes hard to get proper attention from business owners for “under the hood” improvements – enablers that only provide indirect business value. This can lead to wicked problems in the case of technical debt, which can suddenly accumulate to such a level that a system seems to run into a brick wall. At CGI, Eltjo and his team have developed and successfully applied practices to deal with technical debt by elevating it from a technical to a business concern.

Eltjo R. Poort leads the architecture practice at CGI in The Netherlands. In his 30-year career in the software industry, he has fulfilled many engineering and project management roles. In the 1990s, he oversaw the implementation of the first SMS text messaging systems in the United States. In the last decade, he produced various publications on improving architecting practices, including his PhD thesis in 2012.

Eltjo is best known for his work on Risk- and Cost-Driven Architecture, a set of principles and practices for agile solution architecting, for which he received the Linda Northrop Software Architecture Award in 2016 . His solution architecture blog can be found at eltjopoort.nl. In his spare time, Eltjo plays the violin in Symfonieorkest Nijmegen.