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Modifiability Tactics

  • Abstract

    An architectural tactic is a design decision that affects how well a software architecture addresses a particular quality attribute. This report describes how tactics are based on the parameters of quality attribute models. Tactics provide an architectural means of adjusting those parameters, which, in turn, can improve the quality-attribute-specific behavior of the resulting system. 

    This report justifies the tactics for modifiability, using established concepts of coupling, cohesion, and cost motivations as the means of identifying parameters of interest. Various tactics are then described based on their ability to control these parameters. The report also describes a standard set of architectural patterns and their variants in terms of the use of these tactics.

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SEI

Bachmann, Felix; Bass, Len; & Nord, Robert. Modifiability Tactics (CMU/SEI-2007-TR-002). Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2007. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=8299

IEEE

Bachmann. Felix, Bass. Len, and Nord. Robert, "Modifiability Tactics," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Report CMU/SEI-2007-TR-002, 2007. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=8299

APA

Bachmann, Felix., Bass, Len., & Nord, Robert. (2007). Modifiability Tactics (CMU/SEI-2007-TR-002). Retrieved December 22, 2014, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=8299

CHI

Felix Bachmann, Len Bass, & Robert Nord. Modifiability Tactics (CMU/SEI-2007-TR-002). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2007. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=8299

MLA

Bachmann, Felix., Bass, Len., & Nord, Robert. 2007. Modifiability Tactics (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2007-TR-002). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=8299