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Architectural Evolution (SATURN 2006)

This page contains slides from the Architecture Evolution Working Session that was hosted by Felix Bachmann and Robert Nord at SATURN 2006. This session was meant to convey preliminary ideas for the purpose of getting feedback.

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Our long-term goal is to provide an effective, integrated, widely applicable, and tailorable set of life-cycle architectural practices and tools to help an architect keep a software architecture in line with its goals as the system evolves. One challenge is to understand where we are - that is, readily determine the current state of the architectural design and be able to evolve from that position since it is not always the case that the architect is working in a Greenfield environment. Another challenge is to be able to find the appropriate practice or tool that can take us where we need to go - this may involve the need to flexibly tailor and integrate practices with each other and to understand the appropriate fit with other architectural processes and technologies.

Participants are asked to think about the following questions:

  1. What are some recurring problems that you are faced with as you evolve the architecture?
  2. What do you need to solve the problem?
  3. What are the gaps in existing practices and tools that you now use to solve the problem?

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