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Using Quality Attribute Workshops to Evaluate Architectural Design Approaches in a Major System Acquisition: A Case Study

  • Abstract

    To a large extent, a system's software architecture determines the quality attributes of both the software and the entire system. It is also one of the earliest artifacts available for evaluation. For a Department of Defense (DoD) or government acquisition organization, the ability to evaluate software architectures early in the acquisition cycle can positively affect the delivered system. To assist a government organization in evaluating architectures, a series of Quality Attribute Workshops (QAWs) were planned and an initial set conducted as part of a competitive acquisition of a complex, integrated command and control system. The QAW is a lightweight (i.e., non-intrusive) version of the Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method (ATAM) developed by the Software Engineering Institute (SEI).

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SEI

Bergey, John; Barbacci, Mario; & Wood, William. Using Quality Attribute Workshops to Evaluate Architectural Design Approaches in a Major System Acquisition: A Case Study (CMU/SEI-2000-TN-010). Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2000. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=5123

IEEE

Bergey. John, Barbacci. Mario, and Wood. William, "Using Quality Attribute Workshops to Evaluate Architectural Design Approaches in a Major System Acquisition: A Case Study," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Note CMU/SEI-2000-TN-010, 2000. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=5123

APA

Bergey, John., Barbacci, Mario., & Wood, William. (2000). Using Quality Attribute Workshops to Evaluate Architectural Design Approaches in a Major System Acquisition: A Case Study (CMU/SEI-2000-TN-010). Retrieved December 18, 2014, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=5123

CHI

John Bergey, Mario Barbacci, & William Wood. Using Quality Attribute Workshops to Evaluate Architectural Design Approaches in a Major System Acquisition: A Case Study (CMU/SEI-2000-TN-010). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2000. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=5123

MLA

Bergey, John., Barbacci, Mario., & Wood, William. 2000. Using Quality Attribute Workshops to Evaluate Architectural Design Approaches in a Major System Acquisition: A Case Study (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2000-TN-010). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=5123