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When architecture should help

A non-functional requirement (NFR) is realized by the architecture and the implementation. The balance can vary. Sometimes the architecture does the most part, e.g. by providing a real-time OS and fixed priorities for critical threads; sometimes the implementation, e.g. by following coding conventions scrupulously to ensure code maintainability. And sometimes the balance is off.

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No hard argument for simplicity

All design is tradeoff. Any relevant system will ask for a balancing of forces while making design decisions. Therefore formulation of alternative designs and evaluation based on concrete criteria helps tremendously in laying out the tradeoff in front of the stakeholders and reaching a good decision in a transparent way.

This all works well except for simple designs. Continue reading No hard argument for simplicity

BAPO imbalance

All parts of BAPO[1]BAPO model explains how the business, architecture, process and organization should play with each other in a SW organization. I like it personally, as it helps me explain several things such as … Continue reading have a home turf of problems/aspects/challenges it can address efficiently. For instance, maintainability is best addressed in the architecture, rather than some complex maintenance processes or special teams designated in the organization. In most cases, modifiability is best first addressed in the business, where only the essential modifiability is prioritized and rest is eliminated to save on complexity. Knowhow management and regulations etc. are mostly best addressed in the organization and process areas. While some technical risks are best addressed in the architecture, I was surprised to hear of a case where the business people covered against a risk by just arranging an insurance, thereby relieving the architecture of the complexity. Continue reading BAPO imbalance

Footnotes

Footnotes
1 BAPO model explains how the business, architecture, process and organization should play with each other in a SW organization. I like it personally, as it helps me explain several things such as Conway’s Law being an inverse interaction of architecture and organization. Check out the following document for details, or just Google it: Obbink, H., Müller, J., America, P., van Ommering, R., Muller, G., van der Sterren, W., & Wijnstra, J. G. (2000, August). COPA: A component-oriented platform architecting method for families of software-intensive electronic products. In Tutorial for the First Software Product Line Conference, Denver, Colorado.

Choosing SW for reuse

Anecdotal observations tell me that NIH (not invented here) is for the most part dying[1]I couldn’t find any studies examining reuse statistics yet, so please send them if you know about some., and the general level of software reuse has increased significantly in the last ten years: Continue reading Choosing SW for reuse

Footnotes

Footnotes
1 I couldn’t find any studies examining reuse statistics yet, so please send them if you know about some.