Quantifying the Value of Architecture Design Decisions: Lessons from the Field
• White Paper
Software Engineering Institute
This paper outlines experiences with using economic criteria to make architectural design decisions. It briefly describes the CBAM (Cost Benefit Analysis Method) framework applied to estimate the value of architectural strategies in a NASA project, the ECS. This paper describes the practical difficulties and experiences in applying the method to a large real-world system. It concludes with some lessons learned from the experience.