Introducing the Concept of Technical Debt to Smart Grids: a System Engineering Perspective

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Paper number
2264
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CIRED 2019
Conference date
3-6 June 2019
Conference location
Madrid, Spain
Peer-reviewed
Yes
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Authors
Schütz, Johann, OFFIS – Institute for Information Technology, Germany
Uslar, Mathias, OFFIS, Germany
Abstract
With the growth of the system-term from closed technical systems to complex, open and highly interconnected socio-technical system-of-systems, as is the smart grid, new challenges emerged. One of them is the huge and still accumulating amount of technical debt and the associated constant loss of quality. Technical debt is a well-known and commonplace problem in the domain of systems engineering. It is unavoidable and grows over time as the system evolves. If not actively managed, it compromises the internal and the associated external quality of a system. As a result, if multiple systems with mutual interdependencies among each other perform bad (e. g. due to poor internal quality) they affect the smart grid quality attributes as a whole.Currently, there is no research on technical debt within smart grids, although it is an inevitable omnipresent problem in every system. This paper shows the absence of technical debt research in the domain of smart grid and argues why there is a need for change.
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AIM
Date
2019-06-03
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https://cired-repository.org/handle/20.500.12455/777
http://dx.doi.org/10.34890/997
ISSN
2032-9644
ISBN
978-2-9602415-0-1