We got used to viewing technologies as the primary vehicle of progress, which is true. However, there’s also the flip side of the coin: early subpar technological choices when left unpruned can grow into dragging down technical debt. Budget losses, long time-to-market, and disruption of productivity are all symptoms of unresolved tech issues. But how do you turn the tables and make your systems work for you (instead of the other way around? The first step is recognizing what tech debt actually is.