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      Assessment of a Framework for Comparing Software Architecture Analysis Methods

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      11th International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE) (EASE)

      Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE)

      2-3 April 2007

      Software architecture analysis, comparing methods, expert opinion, model assessment, empirical studies

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          We have developed a framework, FOCSAAM, for comparing software architecture analysis methods. FOCSAAM can help architects and managers to choose a specific method to support architecture analysis process. We have been assessing the suitability of the framework’s elements in different ways. During the development of FOCSAAM, a theoretical assessment was performed by relating each of its elements to the published literature on quality assurance, process improvement, and software development approaches. Moreover, we have also found that most of the elements of FOCSAAM can also be mapped onto the elements of a well-known framework for comparing information systems development methods, NIMSAD framework. Our goal of this study was to further assess the suitability of different elements of FOCSAAM by using the expert opinion approach. We asked 17 practicing architects with extensive experience to assess the suitability of the elements of FOCSAAM for selecting a particular method to support the software architecture analysis process. The findings of this study provide support for each element of FOCSAAM to be included in forming criteria for comparing software architecture analysis methods.

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                Contributors
                Conference
                April 2007
                April 2007
                : 1-9
                Affiliations
                Lero, University of Limerick, Ireland
                National ICT, Australia
                Article
                10.14236/ewic/EASE2007.2
                © Muhammad Ali Babar et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. 11th International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE), Keele University, UK

                This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

                11th International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE)
                EASE
                11
                Keele University, UK
                2-3 April 2007
                Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
                Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE)
                Product
                Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
                Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
                Categories
                Electronic Workshops in Computing

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