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"Welche Architekturdokumentation wollen Entwickler? 147 Praktiker sagen es uns..."

: Naab, Matthias

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Erstellt am: 13.5.2015

Kaiserslautern, 2014, 14 S.
IESE-Report, 088.14/E
Reportnr.: 088.14/E
Bericht, Elektronische Publikation
Fraunhofer IESE ()
architecture documentation; software architecture; survey; industry data; industry transfer

Software architecture has become an established discipline in industry and documentation is the key for its efficient and effective usage. However, many companies do not have any architecture documentation in place or, if they do, the available documentation is not perceived as adequate by developers to support them in their tasks. We conducted a survey among 147 industrial participants, investigating their current problems and wishes for the future. This report presents the results of the survey. We identified five main findings. The results confirm the common belief that architecture documentation is most frequently outdated, updated only with strong delays, and inconsistent in detail and form and backed it up with data. Further, developers perceive difficulties with a "one-size-fits-all" architecture documentation, which does not adequately provide information for their specific tasks and contexts. Developers seek more interactive ways of working with architecture documentation that allow them to find needed information more easily with extended navigation and search possibilities.