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Software architecture evaluation in practice. Retrospective on more than 50 architecture evaluations in industry

: Knodel, Jens; Naab, Matthias


Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers -IEEE-; IEEE Computer Society; International Federation for Information Processing -IFIP-:
11th Working IEEE/IFIP Conference on Software Architecture, WICSA 2014. Proceedings : 7-11 April 2014, Sydney, Australia
Los Alamitos, Calif.: IEEE Computer Society Conference Publishing Services (CPS), 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4799-3412-6
Working Conference on Software Architecture (WICSA) <11, 2014, Sydney>
Fraunhofer IESE ()
software architecture; architecture evaluation; empirical evidence; experience report; state of the art; state of the practice

Architecture evaluation has become a mature sub-discipline in architecting with high-quality practical and scientific literature available. However, publications on industrial applications and concrete experiences are rare. We want to fill this gap and share our experiences - having performed more than 50 architecture evaluations for industrial customers in the last decade. We compiled facts and consolidated our findings about architecture evaluations in industry. In this paper, we provide a critical retrospective on more than 50 projects and share our lessons learned. This industrial and practical perspective allows practitioners to benefit from our experience in their daily architecture work and scientific community to focus their research work on the generalizability of our findings.