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Lessons Learned from Deployment and Production Use of Architects' Workbench - An Architectural Thinking and Modeling Tool

  • April 2008
  • D. Kimelman presents key Architects' Workbench (AWB) innovations and discusses how their design was motivated by insights into architectural work and feedback from IT architects.
  • Publisher: Software Engineering Institute
  • This presentation was created for a conference series or symposium and does not necessarily reflect the positions and views of the Software Engineering Institute.
  • Abstract

    Information technology (IT) architects know how hard it is to collect architectural information in an engagement and keep it all clear and organized in their minds. Transforming that information into the models of a viable architecture and keeping associated work products consistent and up-to-date is an even greater challenge. Despite this, model-centric architectural methods are not as widely adopted or as closely followed as they could be, partly due to a lack of appropriate tools. Architects' Workbench (AWB) is prototype technology that addresses these problems and supports the creative process of architectural thinking and modeling.

    We present key AWB innovations and discuss how their design was motivated by insights into architectural work and feedback from IT architects. We describe the design of AWB itself as a metamodel-driven and method-based tool, we report on experience from the use of AWB in production environments, we discuss productivity and quality gains arising out of the use of AWB, and we present lessons learned concerning tool support for IT architecture.

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