**Type of activity:** Pre-scheduled session
**Main topic:** https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Developer_Summit/2017/How_to_manage_our_technical_debt - https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Developer_Summit/2017/How_to_grow_our_technical_community
== The problem ==
The focus on the development of user facing features has lead to little investment in addressing MediaWiki's technical dept. Realizing that the product "verticals" rest on platforms, and treating these platforms are products in their own right, with users and stakeholders, would help to pay back this dept. Less technical dept in the platform means quicker feature development on the user facing level; it also means easier entry and less frustration for new hires and new volunteers.
== Expected outcome ==
A shared understanding of which platform-level products exist, and a recommendation for a management structure that reflects these products.
== Current status of the discussion ==
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