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Even for technical people, such as architects and senior developers, large parts of a system are like a black box. This is especially true of unhealthy code which is harder and more time-consuming to read and understand. CodeScene's next generation analytics shine a light – or a laser – into the darkness. In minutes, CodeScene can analyze massive projects with millions of lines of code. It then identifies the most problematic files in terms of both code health and developer activity. These files are actively consuming development time and slowing the addition of new features. CodeScene can even identify individual functions and methods that are consuming your team's bandwidth.

Fixing technical debt starts at the precise locations where remediation efforts will bring the most benefit. By localizing areas of high developer activity (we call these "hotspots"), CodeScene brings extreme precision to what is otherwise a process dominated by guesswork, intuition and rules of thumb.

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CodeScene's system map showing file-level hotspots in a codebase.

CodeScene's system map showing file-level hotspots in a codebase.

Even for technical people, such as architects and senior developers, large parts of a system are like a black box. This is especially true of unhealthy code which is harder and more time-consuming to read and understand. CodeScene's next generation analytics shine a light – or a laser – into the darkness. In minutes, CodeScene can analyze massive projects with millions of lines of code. It then identifies the most problematic files in terms of both code health and developer activity. These files are actively consuming development time and slowing the addition of new features. CodeScene can even identify individual functions and methods that are consuming your team's bandwidth.

Fixing technical debt starts at the precise locations where remediation efforts will bring the most benefit. By localizing areas of high developer activity (we call these "hotspots"), CodeScene brings extreme precision to what is otherwise a process dominated by guesswork, intuition and rules of thumb.

Read more about technical debt

With the focus that CodeScene brings, reducing technical debt is no longer a struggle with no end in sight. Instead, CodeScene gives you a roadmap to a series of quick wins with immediate, positive impacts on your code and on your organization.

Reduce technical debt

A bar chart showing how CodeScene's hotspot analysis helps identify unhealthy code and make the findings actionable in codebase of any size.

A bar chart showing how CodeScene's hotspot analysis helps identify unhealthy code and make the findings actionable in codebase of any size.

With the focus that CodeScene brings, reducing technical debt is no longer a struggle with no end in sight. Instead, CodeScene gives you a roadmap to a series of quick wins with immediate, positive impacts on your code and on your organization.

Reduce technical debt

Technical debt is not just a code problem

If technical debt is whatever is slowing down future development, then we also need to look beyond the code itself.

High developer turnover can be just as detrimental to a project's success as low quality code.

New developers working on unfamiliar code will take longer to complete tasks and are more prone to introducing new bugs.

Because they are not familiar yet with the project’s underlying model, it will be more difficult for them, during their onboarding, to find solutions that reduce the cost of change in the future.

This reality of software development means that the social aspects can have just as much impact as low code health.

CodeScene's system map showing the distribution of knowledge islands in a codebase.

CodeScene's system map showing the distribution of knowledge islands in a codebase.

High developer turnover can be just as detrimental to a project's success as low quality code.

New developers working on unfamiliar code will take longer to complete tasks and are more prone to introducing new bugs.

Because they are not familiar yet with the project’s underlying model, it will be more difficult for them, during their onboarding, to find solutions that reduce the cost of change in the future.

This reality of software development means that the social aspects can have just as much impact as low code health.

Just as for code quality issues, CodeScene has you covered here.

CodeScene's knowledge metrics allow you to anticipate problems related to key personnel dependencies and reduce knowledge risk.

The offboarding simulator can help prepare for when developers move on to other companies.

CodeScene can also identify areas in a codebase where knowledge is sparse; they are also sources of risk that, once identified, should be mitigated.

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CodeScene's system map showing the distribution of code written by current team members and by former contributors.

CodeScene's system map showing the distribution of code written by current team members and by former contributors.

Just as for code quality issues, CodeScene has you covered here.

CodeScene's knowledge metrics allow you to anticipate problems related to key personnel dependencies and reduce knowledge risk.

The offboarding simulator can help prepare for when developers move on to other companies.

CodeScene can also identify areas in a codebase where knowledge is sparse; they are also sources of risk that, once identified, should be mitigated.

Read more about Knowledge Distribution

Team structure and code architecture can also create inefficiencies.

As companies grow, so do their teams. The architecture that worked with three teams may not be a good fit now that there are eight teams.

Mismatches between code and teams can be a new source of friction that increases costs and slows development.

CodeScene's team analytics are a way to make better decisions about organizing your developers and your code.

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CodeScene visualizes your teams and connections/dependencies between teams.

CodeScene visualizes your teams and connections/dependencies between teams.

Team structure and code architecture can also create inefficiencies.

As companies grow, so do their teams. The architecture that worked with three teams may not be a good fit now that there are eight teams.

Mismatches between code and teams can be a new source of friction that increases costs and slows development.

CodeScene's team analytics are a way to make better decisions about organizing your developers and your code.

Read more about Team-Code Alignment

Overcoming technical debt

Overcoming technical debt is a multifaceted challenge that involves many different actors in a company. CodeScene is designed to help on each of these levels, and to provide a way for the different stakeholders to communicate and address the challenge effectively. 

 

We simply cannot fix all Red and Yellow code at once. Instead, we need to prioritise by impact. CodeScene’s hotspots are a powerful tool for identifying the most expensive code quality issues.

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CodeScene's system map with highlighted active risks, including hotspots that are declining in Code Health and hotspots that are likely to decline in Code Health.

Overcoming technical debt

CodeScene's system map with highlighted active risks, including hotspots that are declining in Code Health and hotspots that are likely to decline in Code Health.

Overcoming technical debt is a multifaceted challenge that involves many different actors in a company. CodeScene is designed to help on each of these levels, and to provide a way for the different stakeholders to communicate and address the challenge effectively. 

 

We simply cannot fix all Red and Yellow code at once. Instead, we need to prioritise by impact. CodeScene’s hotspots are a powerful tool for identifying the most expensive code quality issues.

Learn more about Hotspots

Helping organizations manage their technical debt

Lauren Swanson

Lauren Swanson

Lead Software Engineer at Carterra

CUSTOMER STORY
“I would recommend CodeScene, especially to someone who is coming into a really large application and has poor code health. It feels really daunting to try to fix everything at once. CodeScene helps you prioritise what files to work on and which ones will have the most impact.”
Lauren Swanson

Lauren Swanson

Lead Software Engineer at Carterra

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Christian Saleki

CTO at SmartCraft

CUSTOMER STORY
"At SmartCraft, we knew that we both wanted and needed to tackle technical debt, and find a way to visualize the progress. But the tools available on the market weren't equipped for this - until we came across CodeScene."
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Christian Saleki

CTO at SmartCraft

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