Bear with me as I attempt to bring a slightly nerdy concept into relevance this week. I think you’ll see it’s a powerful idea that can help us work in better ways.
In technology there’s an idea called “technical debt,” defined in Wikipedia as “a concept in software development that reflects the implied cost of additional rework caused by choosing an easy (limited) solution now instead of using a better approach that would take longer.”
If that made your eyes glaze over, try this: It’s often said we either “do it right, or do it again later.” This is essentially technical debt in reverse. When we choose to NOT do it right (and therefore are choosing to pay for it later) we accumulate more technical debt.
What’s become clear to me is that the idea of “technical debt” also applies to organizational culture…