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In this paper, the notion of forces as influences upon architecture decisions is introduced. To facilitate the documentation of forces as a part of architecture descriptions, we specify a decision forces viewpoint, which extends our existing framework for architecture decisions, following the conventions of the international architecture description(More)
Architecting is to a large extent a decision-making process. While many approaches and tools exist to support architects during the various activities of architecting, little guidance exists to support the reasoning part of decision-making. This is partly due to our limited understanding of how professional architects make decisions. We report on findings(More)
Keywords: Software architecture Architecture decisions Architecture knowledge management Architectural viewpoints Case study Architecture framework a b s t r a c t In this paper, we introduce a documentation framework for architecture decisions. This framework consists of four viewpoint definitions using the conventions of ISO/IEC/IEEE 42010, the new(More)
Software architecting entails making architecture decisions, which requires a lot of experience and expertise. Current literature contains several methods and processes to support architects with architecture design, documentation and evaluation but not with the design reasoning involved in decision-making. In order to derive a systematic reasoning process(More)
Software architecture design is challenging, especially for junior software designers. Lacking practice and experience, junior designers need process support in order to make rational architecture decisions. In this paper, we present the results of a comparative multiple-case study conducted to find out if decision viewpoints from [1, 2] can provide such a(More)
Architectural software patterns capture successful designs for recurring problems in software architecture. For the first time, a workshop in the tradition of the software-pattern conference series (e.g. PLoP, EuroPLoP) was held jointly with the European Conference on Software Architecture (ECSA 2014) in Vienna, Austria. The main objective of this workshop(More)
Architectural documentation is often considered as a tedious and resource intensive task, that is usually skipped or performed inadequately. As a result the rationale of the architect's decisions gets lost. This problem is known as architectural knowledge vaporization. We propose a documentation approach for architectural decisions concerning the(More)
We propose an approach for capturing evolving requirements for work support systems that are organically created by co-workers in self-organized, networked organizations. It is in the nature of such organisations that comprehensive design-time capturing of the volatile task-related functional requirements is not possible. Therefore, we advocate a(More)