Francesca Arcelli Fontana
Francesca Arcelli Fontana - Associate Professor
Francesca Fontana is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Milano-Bicocca. She has over a decade of experience teaching computer science and software engineering at various Italian Universities. Her research primarily focuses on software evolution, software quality assessment, software maintenance and reverse engineering.

In software maintenance and evolution, it is important to assess both code health and application architecture in order to identify issues impeding software quality goals. One way to move the needle toward software quality is to use Technical Debt (TD) indexing as a method to evaluate development projects.

We recently presented a paper at MTD 2016, the International Workshop on Managing Technical Debt put on by the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon, where we discussed the way five different and widely known tools used to compute Technical Debt Indexes (TDI), for example numbers synthesizing the overall quality and/or TD of an analyzed project.

Technical Debt Indexes Provided by Tools: A Preliminary Discussion