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Use of the Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method (ATAM) in Source Selection of Software-Intensive Systems

  • June 2002
  • By John K. Bergey, Matt Fisher, Lawrence G. Jones
  • This report explains the role of software architecture evaluation in a source selection and describes the contractual elements that are needed to support its use.
  • Software Architecture
  • Publisher: Software Engineering Institute
    CMU/SEI Report Number: CMU/SEI-2002-TN-010
  • Abstract

    Software architecture is critical to the quality of a software-intensive system. For an acquisition organization, such as the Department of Defense (DoD), the ability to evaluate software architectures as early as possible in an acquisition can have a favorable impact on the delivered system. This technical note explains the role of software architecture evaluation in a source selection and describes the contractual elements that are needed to support its use. The note then briefly describes the Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method (ATAM) and provides an example that shows how to apply this method in a source selection. The example includes sample contractual language that an acquirer can adapt to meet specific acquisition needs.

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SEI

Bergey, John; Fisher, Matthew; & Jones, Lawrence. Use of the Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method (ATAM) in Source Selection of Software-Intensive Systems. CMU/SEI-2002-TN-010. Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. 2002. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=5907

IEEE

Bergey. John, Fisher. Matthew, and Jones. Lawrence, "Use of the Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method (ATAM) in Source Selection of Software-Intensive Systems," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Note CMU/SEI-2002-TN-010, 2002. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=5907

APA

Bergey, John., Fisher, Matthew., & Jones, Lawrence. (2002). Use of the Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method (ATAM) in Source Selection of Software-Intensive Systems (CMU/SEI-2002-TN-010). Retrieved December 04, 2016, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=5907

CHI

John Bergey, Matthew Fisher, & Lawrence Jones. Use of the Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method (ATAM) in Source Selection of Software-Intensive Systems (CMU/SEI-2002-TN-010). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2002. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=5907

MLA

Bergey, John., Fisher, Matthew., & Jones, Lawrence. 2002. Use of the Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method (ATAM) in Source Selection of Software-Intensive Systems (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2002-TN-010). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=5907

BibTex

@techreport{BergeyUseof2002,
title={Use of the Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method (ATAM) in Source Selection of Software-Intensive Systems},
author={John Bergey and Matthew Fisher and Lawrence Jones},
year={2002},
number={CMU/SEI-2002-TN-010},
institution={Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University},
address={Pittsburgh, PA},
url={http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=5907} }