Software Engineering Institute | Carnegie Mellon University
Software Engineering Institute | Carnegie Mellon University

Digital Library

Javascript is currently disabled for your browser. For an optimal search experience, please enable javascript.

Advanced Search

Basic Search

Content Type

Topics

Publication Date

Technical Report

Categorizing Business Goals for Software Architectures

  • December 2005
  • By Rick Kazman, Len Bass
  • This report provides a categorization of possible business goals for software-intensive systems, so that individuals have some guidance in the elicitation, expression, and documentation of business goals.
  • Software Architecture
  • Publisher: Software Engineering Institute
    CMU/SEI Report Number: CMU/SEI-2005-TR-021
  • Abstract

    Business goals are the foundation on which software systems are justified, analyzed, and built. Software systems are constructed to realize business or mission goals. Software architecture is the bridge between the business goals and the realized system. Those claims about business goals underlie many methods for designing and analyzing software architectures. However, precisely eliciting and characterizing business goals has always been problematic. Business goals come in many forms and at many levels of abstraction, and the stakeholders of the system are usually not accustomed to making goals explicit.

    This report provides a categorization of possible business goals, so that stakeholders can have guidance in the goals' creation, expression, and documentation. The categorization was derived by mining a set of 190 distinct business goals elicited in 25 Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method (ATAM) evaluations and then by performing an affinity diagram process to group the business goals into categories. For each goal, example scenarios are provided to illustrate how the goal might impact a system. Finally, this report shows how the architecture business cycle (ABC) may be extended by the business goal categorization.

  • Download

Cite This Report

SEI

Kazman, Rick; & Bass, Len. Categorizing Business Goals for Software Architectures. CMU/SEI-2005-TR-021. Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. 2005. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=7751

IEEE

Kazman. Rick, and Bass. Len, "Categorizing Business Goals for Software Architectures," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Report CMU/SEI-2005-TR-021, 2005. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=7751

APA

Kazman, Rick., & Bass, Len. (2005). Categorizing Business Goals for Software Architectures (CMU/SEI-2005-TR-021). Retrieved July 24, 2017, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=7751

CHI

Rick Kazman, & Len Bass. Categorizing Business Goals for Software Architectures (CMU/SEI-2005-TR-021). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2005. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=7751

MLA

Kazman, Rick., & Bass, Len. 2005. Categorizing Business Goals for Software Architectures (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2005-TR-021). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=7751

BibTex

@techreport{KazmanCategorizingBusiness2005,
title={Categorizing Business Goals for Software Architectures},
author={Rick Kazman and Len Bass},
year={2005},
number={CMU/SEI-2005-TR-021},
institution={Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University},
address={Pittsburgh, PA},
url={http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=7751} }