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Architecture Documentation for Agile Development

May 2011 Presentation
Ethan Hadar, Irit Hadar, Jay Harrison, Sofia Sherman

This presentation from SATURN 2011 provides an overview of the automatic Abstract Specification Tool.


Software Engineering Institute


The growing use of Agile methodologies and the need to adjust them to enterprise products and complex systems' development have created a need to comply with the requirement of minimalism in Agile methods as well as the need for well-defined up-front architecture artifacts. The main concepts of Agile development are flexibility, minimalism, and collaboration. These are achieved by our proposed automatic Abstract Specification Tool for creating a short and focused architecture document. The tool is nimble and flexible to changes, bundled and integrated with a modeling tool, and supported by evolving checklists added by reviewers. This short and focused approach supports and fosters minimalism, a common language, and collaboration among stakeholders as well as focused, incremental architecture evolution steps. This presentation will provide information on the structure and value of the Lean documentation, include a demo of the tool that supports it, and will show the ease of use of the integrated design and documentation approach.

This presentation was given at SATURN 2011 in Burlingame, CA.