Technical debt is one of those phrases that has crept into the business vocabular of recent years, yet still it is not truly understood as to what it really means. In this piece I am going to highlight what it is, why it isn’t necessarily bad (at first) and why you should always look to pay it down as soon as you get a chance.
The problem that needed solving was to create access across a small burn (it’s what we call a stream in Scotland) for our ATV to get over. The bridge would allow us access to an area of the woods that was inaccessible otherwise. It was a 10ft gap.
The quick fix was to use what we had at hand. As part of my frugal nature, I collect old pallets off of Craigslist, to use as burning material for our Solo fire pit. It just so happened I had a couple of 12ft pallets in stock ready for cutting up and burning.
Repurposing those, I strengthened them a little, and used them as the basis of our bridge. It was not going to be pretty, but it would allow the ATV to get over the 10ft span it needed to in a very short space of time.