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Table 1 The TD template [40]

From: Understanding automated and human-based technical debt identification approaches-a two-phase study

ID TD identification number
Responsible Person or role who should fix this TD item
Type design, documentation, defect, testing, or other type of debt
Location List of files/classes/methods or documents/pages involved
Description Describes the anomaly and possible impacts on future maintenance
Estimated principal How much work is required to pay off this TD item on a three point scale: High/Medium/Low
Estimated interest amount How much extra work will need to be performed in the future if this TD item is not paid off now on a three point scale: High/Medium/Low
Estimated interest probability How likely is it that this item, if not paid off, will cause extra work to be necessary in the future on a three point scale: High/Medium/Low
Intentional? Yes/No/Do not Know