Structuring Complexity Issues for Efficient Realization of Agile Business Requirements in Distributed Environments

(Short research paper, 15 min) [ Slides ]

Author(s): Richard Mordinyi, Eva Kühn, and Alexander Schatten(Vienna University of Technology)
Session: Software Design
Session chair: Angela Martin (University of Waikato)
Date: Wednesday, 2 June 2010: Main Conference
Time: 10:30-12:00
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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