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Traveling Architects – A New Way of Herding Cats

Vonge Corry, Aino ; Hansen, Klaus Marius and Svensson Fors, David LU (2006) QoSA 2006, Second International Conference on Quality of Software Architectures 4214/2006. p.111-126
Abstract
Making software developers work towards a common goal may be likened to herding cats. If we further spread developers around the globe, we run increased risks of being unable to design and impose coherent software architectures on projects, potentially leading to lower quality of the resulting systems. Based on our experiences in a large, distributed research and development project, PalCom, we propose that employing techniques from active user involvement in general (and from participatory design in particular) may help in designing and sharing quality software architectures. In particular, we present the Traveling Architects technique in which a group of architects visit development locations in order to engage developers and end users... (More)
Making software developers work towards a common goal may be likened to herding cats. If we further spread developers around the globe, we run increased risks of being unable to design and impose coherent software architectures on projects, potentially leading to lower quality of the resulting systems. Based on our experiences in a large, distributed research and development project, PalCom, we propose that employing techniques from active user involvement in general (and from participatory design in particular) may help in designing and sharing quality software architectures. In particular, we present the Traveling Architects technique in which a group of architects visit development locations in order to engage developers and end users in software architecture work. We argue that using techniques such as these may potentially lead to higher quality of software architectures in particular for systems developed in a distributed setting. (Less)
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Lecture Notes in Computer Science
editor
Hofmeister, Christine ; Crnkovic, Ivica and Reussner, Ralf
volume
4214/2006
pages
16 pages
publisher
Springer
conference name
QoSA 2006, Second International Conference on Quality of Software Architectures
conference location
Västerås, Sweden
conference dates
2006-06-27 - 2006-06-29
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  • scopus:38149076438
ISSN
1611-3349
0302-9743
ISBN
978-3-540-48819-4
DOI
10.1007/11921998
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PalCom
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English
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  abstract     = {Making software developers work towards a common goal may be likened to herding cats. If we further spread developers around the globe, we run increased risks of being unable to design and impose coherent software architectures on projects, potentially leading to lower quality of the resulting systems. Based on our experiences in a large, distributed research and development project, PalCom, we propose that employing techniques from active user involvement in general (and from participatory design in particular) may help in designing and sharing quality software architectures. In particular, we present the Traveling Architects technique in which a group of architects visit development locations in order to engage developers and end users in software architecture work. We argue that using techniques such as these may potentially lead to higher quality of software architectures in particular for systems developed in a distributed setting.},
  author       = {Vonge Corry, Aino and Hansen, Klaus Marius and Svensson Fors, David},
  booktitle    = {Lecture Notes in Computer Science},
  editor       = {Hofmeister, Christine and Crnkovic, Ivica and Reussner, Ralf},
  isbn         = {978-3-540-48819-4},
  issn         = {1611-3349},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {111--126},
  publisher    = {Springer},
  title        = {Traveling Architects – A New Way of Herding Cats},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/11921998},
  doi          = {10.1007/11921998},
  volume       = {4214/2006},
  year         = {2006},
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