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Why Software Architects Must Be Involved in the Earliest Systems Engineering Activities

Dr. Sarah Sheard discusses the importance of including software architects in the earliest systems engineering activities.

Software Engineering Institute




Software by its nature spans physical items: it provides the inter-system communication that has a direct influence on most capabilities, and thus must be architected intelligently, especially when pieces are built by different contractors. If this architecture step is not done properly, a software-reliant project can be set up to fail from the first architectural decision. In this podcast, Dr. Sarah Sheard discusses the role that software architects can play in systems engineering.

About the Speaker

Sarah Sheard

Sarah Sheard

Sarah Sheard is an SEI alumni employee.

Sarah Sheard is a senior member of the technical staff and Principal Systems Engineer at the SEI, working in the CERT Division. Sheard’s role at SEI includes research into today’s systems and software engineering concerns as well as consulting with government clients on …

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