Evaluating your technology base early helps you avoid problems that create crises later. As development manager, you are entrusted and expected to keep the technology in working order at all times. If you fail to do this, any serious problems that are encountered can lead to you making poor decisions while under duress. Better to learn your technology early and well, before you face major problems.
To understand your company's technology, you must evaluate a number of key areas. Unfortunately, a thorough technology assessment is not always a top priority in small companies. The following list covers some of the most common technical areas that management does not fully scrutinize: