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Quality-Attribute-Based Economic Valuation of Architectural Patterns

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  • Publisher: Software Engineering Institute
  • SEI Identifier: CMU/SEI-2007-TR-003
  • Type: Technical Report
  • Topics: Software Architecture
  • Description: This report shows how an analysis of the options embodied within architectural patterns allows a software and system architect or manager to make reasoned choices about the future value of design decisions.

Abstract

Quality attribute requirements are a driving force for software and system architecture design. Architectural patterns can be used to achieve quality attribute requirements. Consequently architectural patterns generate value based on the present and future utility of the quality attributes they achieve. This report makes the case that architectural patterns carry economic value in part in the form of real options, providing software architects the right, but not the obligation, to take subsequent design actions. The report shows, via a simple example, how an analysis of the options embodied within architectural patterns allows an architect or manager to make reasoned choices about the future value of design decisions, considering this value along multiple quality attribute dimensions.

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SEI

Ozkaya, Ipek; Kazman, Rick; & Klein, Mark. Quality-Attribute-Based Economic Valuation of Architectural Patterns (CMU/SEI-2007-TR-003). Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2007. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=8307

IEEE

Ozkaya. Ipek, Kazman. Rick, and Klein. Mark, "Quality-Attribute-Based Economic Valuation of Architectural Patterns," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Report CMU/SEI-2007-TR-003, 2007. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=8307

APA

Ozkaya, Ipek., Kazman, Rick., & Klein, Mark. (2007). Quality-Attribute-Based Economic Valuation of Architectural Patterns (CMU/SEI-2007-TR-003). Retrieved August 30, 2014, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=8307

CHI

Ipek Ozkaya, Rick Kazman, & Mark Klein. Quality-Attribute-Based Economic Valuation of Architectural Patterns (CMU/SEI-2007-TR-003). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2007. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=8307

MLA

Ozkaya, Ipek., Kazman, Rick., & Klein, Mark. 2007. Quality-Attribute-Based Economic Valuation of Architectural Patterns (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2007-TR-003). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=8307