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1st Edition

Systems Architecting
A Business Perspective

ISBN 9781032099231
Published June 30, 2021 by CRC Press
268 Pages 418 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Derived from industry-training classes that the author teaches at the Embedded Systems Institute at Eindhoven, the Netherlands and at Buskerud University College at Kongsberg in Norway, Systems Architecting: A Business Perspective places the processes of systems architecting in a broader context by juxtaposing the relationship of the systems architect with enterprise and management. This practical, scenario-driven guide fills an important gap, providing systems architects insight into the business processes, and especially into the processes to which they actively contribute.

The book uses a simple reference model to enable understanding of the inside of a system in relation to its context. It covers the impact of tool selection and brings balance to the application of the intellectual tools versus computer-aided tools. Stressing the importance of a clear strategy, the authors discuss methods and techniques that facilitate the architect’s contribution to the strategy process. They also give insight into the needs and complications of harvesting synergy, insight that will help establish an effective synergy-harvesting strategy. The book also explores the often difficult relationship between managers and systems architects.

Written in an approachable style, the book discusses the breadth of the human sciences and their relevance to systems architecting. It highlights the relevance of human aspects to systems architects, linking theory to practical experience when developing systems architecting competence.

Table of Contents

Process and Organization
Process Decomposition of a Business
Intermezzo: What Is a Process?
Product Creation Process
Intermezzo: The Importance of Feedback
The Systems Architecting Process
Intermezzo: Products, Projects, Services

Role and Task of the Systems Architect
The Awakening of a Systems Architect
Intermezzo: Systems Titles and Roles
The Role and Task of the Systems Architect
Intermezzo: Dynamic Range of Abstraction Levels in Architecting
Architecting Interaction Styles

From Customer Understanding to Requirements
CAFCR+: A Model to Relate Customer Needs to System Realization
Fundamentals of Requirements
Key Driver How to
Requirements Elicitation and Selection

Systems Architect Methods and Means
Intermezzo: The Toolbox of the Systems Architect
Basic Working Methods of an Architect
Story How to

Intermezzo: Business Strategy–Methods, and Models
Intermezzo: Change Management–Introducing Systems Architecting Aspects
Market Product Life-Cycle Consequences for Architecting

Harvesting Synergy, Product Families
Product Families and Generic Aspects
A Method to Explore Synergy between Products

Supporting Processes
Systems Architects and Supporting Processes
Granularity of Documentation
Intermezzo: LEAN and A3 Approach to Supporting Processes

Systems and Software
The Role of Software in Systems
System Integration: How

Boardroom Presentation
Intermezzo: Architect versus Manager; the Tense Relation
How to Present Architecture Issues to Higher Management

Human Side
The Human Side of Architecting
Function Profiles: The Sheep with Seven Legs
Interpersonal Skills

Reflection and Wrap-Up
Reflection Applied on Systems Architecting

Pictorial Index

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Gerrit Muller