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Using Quality Attribute Workshops to Evaluate Architectural Design Approaches in a Major System Acquisition: A Case Study

Technical Note
This report describes a series of Quality Attribute Workshops (QAWs) that were conducted on behalf of a government agency during its competitive acquisition of a complex, tactical, integrated command and control system.
Publisher

Software Engineering Institute

CMU/SEI Report Number
CMU/SEI-2000-TN-010

Abstract

To a large extent, a system's software architecture determines the quality attributes of both the software and the entire system. It is also one of the earliest artifacts available for evaluation. For a Department of Defense (DoD) or government acquisition organization, the ability to evaluate software architectures early in the acquisition cycle can positively affect the delivered system. To assist a government organization in evaluating architectures, a series of Quality Attribute Workshops (QAWs) were planned and an initial set conducted as part of a competitive acquisition of a complex, integrated command and control system. The QAW is a lightweight (i.e., non-intrusive) version of the Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method (ATAM) developed by the Software Engineering Institute (SEI).

Cite This Technical Note

Bergey, J., Barbacci, M., & Wood, W. (2000, July 1). Using Quality Attribute Workshops to Evaluate Architectural Design Approaches in a Major System Acquisition: A Case Study. (Technical Note CMU/SEI-2000-TN-010). Retrieved June 17, 2024, from https://insights.sei.cmu.edu/library/using-quality-attribute-workshops-to-evaluate-architectural-design-approaches-in-a-major-system-acquisition-a-case-study/.

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Bergey, John, Mario Barbacci, and William Wood. "Using Quality Attribute Workshops to Evaluate Architectural Design Approaches in a Major System Acquisition: A Case Study." (CMU/SEI-2000-TN-010). Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library. Software Engineering Institute, July 1, 2000. https://insights.sei.cmu.edu/library/using-quality-attribute-workshops-to-evaluate-architectural-design-approaches-in-a-major-system-acquisition-a-case-study/.

J. Bergey, M. Barbacci, and W. Wood, "Using Quality Attribute Workshops to Evaluate Architectural Design Approaches in a Major System Acquisition: A Case Study," Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library. Software Engineering Institute, Technical Note CMU/SEI-2000-TN-010, 1-Jul-2000 [Online]. Available: https://insights.sei.cmu.edu/library/using-quality-attribute-workshops-to-evaluate-architectural-design-approaches-in-a-major-system-acquisition-a-case-study/. [Accessed: 17-Jun-2024].

Bergey, John, Mario Barbacci, and William Wood. "Using Quality Attribute Workshops to Evaluate Architectural Design Approaches in a Major System Acquisition: A Case Study." (Technical Note CMU/SEI-2000-TN-010). Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library, Software Engineering Institute, 1 Jul. 2000. https://insights.sei.cmu.edu/library/using-quality-attribute-workshops-to-evaluate-architectural-design-approaches-in-a-major-system-acquisition-a-case-study/. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Bergey, John; Barbacci, Mario; & Wood, William. Using Quality Attribute Workshops to Evaluate Architectural Design Approaches in a Major System Acquisition: A Case Study. CMU/SEI-2000-TN-010. Software Engineering Institute. 2000. https://insights.sei.cmu.edu/library/using-quality-attribute-workshops-to-evaluate-architectural-design-approaches-in-a-major-system-acquisition-a-case-study/