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Recommended Best Industrial Practice for Software Architecture Evaluation

Abstract

Architectural decisions have a great impact on the consequent quality of software systems. As a result, it is important to evaluate how a software architecture meets it quality demands. Though much focus has been placed on modeling and describing the software architecture as a design artifact, we found that relatively little is known about the current experience with software architecture.

This report details the results of two workshops on software architecture evaluation, held at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) on November 9-10, 1995 and May 9-10, 1996. The purpose of the workshops was to determine the state of industrial practice in the evaluation of software architectures with respect to a set of desired quality attributes, and to uncover recommendations for best practices. In this report, we summarize the findings of the two workshops, define a set of dimensions to characterize various software architecture evaluation techniques, and make concrete recommendations for implementing architecture evaluation practices.

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SEI

Abowd, Gregory; Bass, Len; Clements, Paul; Kazman, Rick; Northrop, Linda; & Zaremski, Amy. Recommended Best Industrial Practice for Software Architecture Evaluation (CMU/SEI-96-TR-025). Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 1997. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=12653

IEEE

Abowd. Gregory, Bass. Len, Clements. Paul, Kazman. Rick, Northrop. Linda, and Zaremski. Amy, "Recommended Best Industrial Practice for Software Architecture Evaluation," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Report CMU/SEI-96-TR-025, 1997. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=12653

APA

Abowd, Gregory., Bass, Len., Clements, Paul., Kazman, Rick., Northrop, Linda., & Zaremski, Amy. (1997). Recommended Best Industrial Practice for Software Architecture Evaluation (CMU/SEI-96-TR-025). Retrieved August 23, 2014, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=12653

CHI

Gregory Abowd, Len Bass, Paul Clements, Rick Kazman, Linda Northrop, & Amy Zaremski. Recommended Best Industrial Practice for Software Architecture Evaluation (CMU/SEI-96-TR-025). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 1997. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=12653

MLA

Abowd, Gregory., Bass, Len., Clements, Paul., Kazman, Rick., Northrop, Linda., & Zaremski, Amy. 1997. Recommended Best Industrial Practice for Software Architecture Evaluation (Technical Report CMU/SEI-96-TR-025). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=12653