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A Life-Cycle View of Architecture Analysis and Design Methods

Abstract

Many architecture-centric analysis and design methods have been created in the past 10 years at the Software Engineering Institute, beginning with the Software Architecture Analysis Method (SAAM). The SAAM inspired the creation of other methods, namely the Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method, the Quality Attribute Workshop, the Cost-Benefit Analysis Method, Active Reviews for Intermediate Designs, and the Attribute-Driven Design method.

As these methods become more widespread, more widely adopted, and integrated into the software development life cycle, organizations inevitably will want to tailor them. Consequently, organizations that wish to include quality-attribute-based requirements, explicit architecture design, and architecture analysis in their software development life cycles will be best served if they can do so "organically." The steps and artifacts of the five methods listed above, therefore, may require tailoring, blending, and, in some cases, removal when integrated into an existing life cycle.  

This report examines these methods and activities to understand their commonalities and relationships to life-cycle changes, and proposes a means of tailoring the activities so that they can fit more easily into existing life-cycle models.

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SEI

Kazman, Rick; Nord, Robert; & Klein, Mark. A Life-Cycle View of Architecture Analysis and Design Methods (CMU/SEI-2003-TN-026). Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2003. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=6519

IEEE

Kazman. Rick, Nord. Robert, and Klein. Mark, "A Life-Cycle View of Architecture Analysis and Design Methods," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Note CMU/SEI-2003-TN-026, 2003. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=6519

APA

Kazman, Rick., Nord, Robert., & Klein, Mark. (2003). A Life-Cycle View of Architecture Analysis and Design Methods (CMU/SEI-2003-TN-026). Retrieved October 22, 2014, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=6519

CHI

Rick Kazman, Robert Nord, & Mark Klein. A Life-Cycle View of Architecture Analysis and Design Methods (CMU/SEI-2003-TN-026). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2003. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=6519

MLA

Kazman, Rick., Nord, Robert., & Klein, Mark. 2003. A Life-Cycle View of Architecture Analysis and Design Methods (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2003-TN-026). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=6519