InsighTD is a globally distributed family of surveys on Technical Debt (TD) causes and implications. Captained by TD Research Team (, InsighTD is an academic initiative which aims at establishing an open and generalizable set of empirical data on practical problems of TD that allows to direct new research efforts in a problem-oriented way.

Figure 1 shows how we intend to build a body of knowledge on TD causes and implications. By replicating the survey in different countries, we will incrementally put together data about practical problems of TD considering different development cultures, organization sizes, development methodologies, and so on. Each replication can bring several findings to the area. Besides, the combination of data from different locations can put some light on possible differences or similarities regarding perceptions on TD considering specific development cultures.

Figure 1.
 InsigTD – A family of surveys on TD

Initially inspired in the NaPiRE project, we started InsighTD by elaborating an initial theory based on existing studies in TD and we are running the initial surveys in Brazil and US.

How can I join the InsighTD Team?

InsighTD is a family of surveys planned cooperatively, together with some of the most influential researchers in the area of Technical Debt.  Each survey is run independently, based on our infrastructure.

Everyone can contribute to InsighTD, either as a respondent or as an organizer running a national instance of InsighTD. In case you are interested in contributing as a respondent, please contact the organiser of your respective country. In case you are interested in supporting as a local organiser, please contact the general organisers (more information here).

How can I benefit from InsighTD?

This research project contributes to the evolution of Technical Debt Landscape in the following ways:

  • Provides a long-term investigation of current state of TD practical problems in terms causes (the source of pain) and implications (the pain itself);
  • The characterization of causes and implications of TD will support development teams and their software organizations in carrying out activities in order to avoid, monitor and/or manage debt items;
  • The research community can find ways to guide practitioners to use strategies that are most likely to be useful in a particular context and to adapt them to a particular situation;
  • The results of the survey will be open and generalizable, since the partner researchers who will replicate the survey will have access to the entire experimental package of the study.