Assessing tech debt urgency.
Debt should already be categorized by business relevance to support this. Compared against known upcoming priority, it can be broken down into high-level categories:
- Relevant to upcoming projects.
- Not relevant to immediately understood needs.
- Relevant to risk in any system which may suddenly come up as an unforeseen priority.
When used in context of project work, this can be better than a 20% allocation of time.