At the time of this writing, the Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ), a Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Object Management Group (OMG), is conducting a survey of effort to fix violations of good architectural and coding practices.
As declared in an open invitation to participate in the survey,
Technical debt saps IT budgets, hinders innovation, and leaves organizations vulnerable to digital disasters. Members of the Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ) have written software quality standards to measure the Security, Reliability, Performance Efficiency and Maintainability of IT applications. CISQ is developing a measure of Technical Debt based on the effort to fix the critical violations of good architectural and coding practice that underlie these quality characteristics. Thus, this measure expresses technical debt as a cost based on the effort to fix critical problems. To understand the effort required to fix critical software defects included in Technical Debt, CISQ has published the survey that is being distributed to developers. The data is critical to providing a sound empirical foundation for measuring technical debt.