Analyzing the Evolution of Large-Scale Software Systems Using Design Structure Matrices and Design Rule Theory: Two Exploratory Cases

@article{LaMantia2008AnalyzingTE,
  title={Analyzing the Evolution of Large-Scale Software Systems Using Design Structure Matrices and Design Rule Theory: Two Exploratory Cases},
  author={Matthew J. LaMantia and Yuanfang Cai and Alan MacCormack and John Rusnak},
  journal={Seventh Working IEEE/IFIP Conference on Software Architecture (WICSA 2008)},
  year={2008},
  pages={83-92}
}
Designers have long recognized the value of modularity, but important software modularity principles have remained informal. According to Baldwin and Clark's (2000) design rule theory (DRT) , modular architectures add value to system designs by creating options to improve the system by substituting or experimenting on individual modules. In this paper, we examine the design evolution of two software product platforms through the modeling lens of DRT and design structure matrices (DSMs). We show… CONTINUE READING

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