Structuring Complexity Issues for Efficient Realization of Agile Business Requirements in Distributed Environments
(Short research paper, 15 min)
Richard Mordinyi, Eva Kühn, and Alexander Schatten(Vienna University of Technology)
Angela Martin (University of Waikato)
Wednesday, 2 June 2010: Main Conference
One of the ideas of agile software development is to respond to changes rather than following a plan. Constantly changing businesses result in changing requirements, to be handled in the development pro- cess. Therefore, it is essential that the underlying software architecture is capable of managing agile business processes. However, criticism on agile software development states that it lacks paying attention to archi- tectural and design issues and therefore is bound to engender suboptimal design-decisions. We propose an architectural framework, that by explic- itly distinguishing computational, coordinational, organizational, distri- butional, and communicational models offers a high degree of flexibility regarding architectural and design changes. The framework strength is facilitated by a) combining the characteristics and properties of archi- tectural styles captured in a simple API, and b) offering a predefined architectural structure to the developer of distributed applications to cope with complexities of distributed environments. The benefit of our approach is a clear architectural design with minimal mutual effects of the models with respect to changes, accompanied by an efficient realization of new business requirements.
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