As a leading biotech research company, Carterra has a lot of code and an ambitious backlog of innovative new features that they want to introduce to the market.
Being innovative at heart means that Carterra’s software development teams must deliver new features and keep technical debt to a minimum. But, gradually rising technical debt was slowing their ability to deliver product innovations. To address this, Carterra’s Lauren Swanson, lead software engineer, tackled the overarching problem by taking a long term view of code quality. Carterra’s success is important because their innovations improve medical science and affect society.
With that level of importance, the no-comprise statement of intent by Lauren Swanson framed the strategy. This approach entails a shift from unintended degradations in code quality that progressively slowed delivery, to a sustainable software delivery strategy.