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Recommended Best Industrial Practice for Software Architecture Evaluation

Technical Report
This report details the results of two workshops on software architecture evaluation, held at the SEI in 1996.
Publisher

Software Engineering Institute

CMU/SEI Report Number
CMU/SEI-96-TR-025

Abstract

Architectural decisions have a great impact on the consequent quality of software systems. As a result, it is important to evaluate how a software architecture meets it quality demands. Though much focus has been placed on modeling and describing the software architecture as a design artifact, we found that relatively little is known about the current experience with software architecture.

This report details the results of two workshops on software architecture evaluation, held at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) on November 9-10, 1995 and May 9-10, 1996. The purpose of the workshops was to determine the state of industrial practice in the evaluation of software architectures with respect to a set of desired quality attributes, and to uncover recommendations for best practices. In this report, we summarize the findings of the two workshops, define a set of dimensions to characterize various software architecture evaluation techniques, and make concrete recommendations for implementing architecture evaluation practices.

Cite This Technical Report

Abowd, G., Bass, L., Clements, P., Kazman, R., Northrop, L., & Zaremski, A. (1997, January 13). Recommended Best Industrial Practice for Software Architecture Evaluation. (Technical Report CMU/SEI-96-TR-025). Retrieved February 23, 2024, from https://insights.sei.cmu.edu/library/recommended-best-industrial-practice-for-software-architecture-evaluation/.

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author={Abowd, Gregory and Bass, Len and Clements, Paul and Kazman, Rick and Northrop, Linda and Zaremski, Amy},
title={Recommended Best Industrial Practice for Software Architecture Evaluation},
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year={1997},
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howpublished={Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library},
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Abowd, Gregory, Len Bass, Paul Clements, Rick Kazman, Linda Northrop, and Amy Zaremski. "Recommended Best Industrial Practice for Software Architecture Evaluation." (CMU/SEI-96-TR-025). Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library. Software Engineering Institute, January 13, 1997. https://insights.sei.cmu.edu/library/recommended-best-industrial-practice-for-software-architecture-evaluation/.

G. Abowd, L. Bass, P. Clements, R. Kazman, L. Northrop, and A. Zaremski, "Recommended Best Industrial Practice for Software Architecture Evaluation," Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library. Software Engineering Institute, Technical Report CMU/SEI-96-TR-025, 13-Jan-1997 [Online]. Available: https://insights.sei.cmu.edu/library/recommended-best-industrial-practice-for-software-architecture-evaluation/. [Accessed: 23-Feb-2024].

Abowd, Gregory, Len Bass, Paul Clements, Rick Kazman, Linda Northrop, and Amy Zaremski. "Recommended Best Industrial Practice for Software Architecture Evaluation." (Technical Report CMU/SEI-96-TR-025). Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library, Software Engineering Institute, 13 Jan. 1997. https://insights.sei.cmu.edu/library/recommended-best-industrial-practice-for-software-architecture-evaluation/. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Abowd, Gregory; Bass, Len; Clements, Paul; Kazman, Rick; Northrop, Linda; & Zaremski, Amy. Recommended Best Industrial Practice for Software Architecture Evaluation. CMU/SEI-96-TR-025. Software Engineering Institute. 1997. https://insights.sei.cmu.edu/library/recommended-best-industrial-practice-for-software-architecture-evaluation/