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Using the SEI Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method to Evaluate WIN-T: A Case Study

  • Abstract

    The software architecture of a software-intensive system greatly determines system quality. Evaluating that architecture for fitness of purpose before the system is implemented or undergoes a major modification is a cost-effective approach to uncovering deficiencies early and reducing risk. When used appropriately, software architecture evaluations can have a favorable effect on a delivered or modified government system.

    This technical note describes the application of the SEI Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method (ATAM) to the U.S. Army's Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) system. The WIN-T system is being developed by a government-contractor team headquartered at the U.S. Army's Communications and Electronics Command (CECOM) in Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey. This technical note presents the WIN-T program context, the definition of software architecture, and the background of the WIN-T organization and system being evaluated. It also provides a general overview of the ATAM process, describes the application of the ATAM to the WIN-T system, presents important results, and summarizes the benefits the program received.

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SEI

Clements, Paul; Bergey, John; & Mason, David. Using the SEI Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method to Evaluate WIN-T: A Case Study (CMU/SEI-2005-TN-027). Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2005. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=7467

IEEE

Clements. Paul, Bergey. John, and Mason. David, "Using the SEI Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method to Evaluate WIN-T: A Case Study," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Note CMU/SEI-2005-TN-027, 2005. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=7467

APA

Clements, Paul., Bergey, John., & Mason, David. (2005). Using the SEI Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method to Evaluate WIN-T: A Case Study (CMU/SEI-2005-TN-027). Retrieved December 22, 2014, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=7467

CHI

Paul Clements, John Bergey, & David Mason. Using the SEI Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method to Evaluate WIN-T: A Case Study (CMU/SEI-2005-TN-027). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2005. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=7467

MLA

Clements, Paul., Bergey, John., & Mason, David. 2005. Using the SEI Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method to Evaluate WIN-T: A Case Study (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2005-TN-027). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=7467