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Architecting Software Intensive Systems
A Practitioners Guide

ISBN 9781420045697
Published November 18, 2008 by Auerbach Publications
416 Pages 416 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Architectural design is a crucial first step in developing complex software intensive systems. Early design decisions establish the structures necessary for achieving broad systemic properties. However, today’s organizations lack synergy between software their development processes and technological methodologies. Providing a thorough treatment of the latest theory and best practices, Architecting Software Intensive Systems: A Practitioner’s Guide explains:

  • How and when to design architectures
  • How to weave architecture design processes into existing development processes
  • What to do with architecture design artifacts once created

The first section establishes key concepts in architectural design for software intensive systems, including architectural drivers, structures, and fundamental guidance for architectural design. The book goes on to describe the industry tested Architecture Centric Design Method. Each stage of the method is explained and the book provides all of the supporting templates and checklists. The last section discusses practical matters, including how to adopt disciplined architectural design practices into existing organizational development processes.

With the principled understanding of design provided by this book, architects can temper their visceral instinct to react and be better prepared to address a broader range of design problems regardless of business context or their domain experience.

Table of Contents


Architecture Defined

Architectural Drivers

Architectural Structures

The Work of an Architect

Documenting the Architectural Design

The Architecture Centric Design Method

ACDM Stage 1: Discovering the Architectural Drivers

ACDM Stage 2: Establishing Project Scope

ACDM Stage 3: Create/Refine the Architecture

ACDM Stage 4: Evaluate the Architecture Design

ACDM Stage 5: The Go/No-Go Decision

ACDM Stage 6: Experimentation

ACDM Stage 7: Production Planning

ACDM Stage 8: Production

Transitioning Design Practices, Processes, and Methods

Barriers to Adoption: Common Anti-practices

Other Design Considerations: Legacy, Design by Selection, and Maintenance

Using ACDM with Software Development Frameworks

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