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Wednesday, November 5 • 2:05pm - 2:45pm
Architecture Best Practices for Project and Technical Leaders

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Architecture development is one of the earliest, key identifiers of potential risks in a project’s development life cycle. Architecture provides the foundation for the project’s entire life cycle and is used to help address the important areas of a project such as design, schedule, estimates, testing, users’ satisfaction, team structure, and training. TSP makes use of and expands on these areas. For example, an architecture development process that includes estimating architecture development effort based on quality attribute scenarios fits nicely into the initial conceptual design efforts. Taking an architecture-informed approach and inferring its implications and impacts for a project’s development success is a key skill that leaders need in order to identify risks at the start of a project or determine a baseline for an existing project. This presentation describes a set of architecture best practices based on experiences working with commercial and government departments and agencies in the areas of software, system, enterprise architecture, and system-of-systems development.

The architecture best practices focus on four areas: visual representations, specifications, processes, and acquisition. In these four areas, two levels of supporting artifacts are identified and integrated in a timeline to help a leader plan for a new project, support assessing a project’s current health, and develop a baseline from which to identify areas for process improvement. The first level provides a minimalist framework that will work for a project of any size to provide an architecture-informed snapshot. The second level is more comprehensive and will lend itself better to larger projects.

Speakers
avatar for Felix Bachmann

Felix Bachmann

Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute
Felix Bachmann is a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute in the Architecture Practices Initiative. He is co-author of the Attribute-Driven Design Method, a contributor to and instructor for the Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method (ATAM) Evaluator Training, and a co-author of the book Documenting Software Architectures: Views and Beyond. He was the coach of Bursatec’s architecture... Read More →
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Jim McHale

Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute
James McHale is a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (SEI). He joined the SEI in 1999 following 20 years in industry as a software engineer, system designer, project leader, and manager, including projects on control systems for diverse applications such as steel mills, power plants, robotics, and transportation. McHale is an authorized TSP coach and a SCAMPI Lead Appraiser candidate... Read More →
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Tim Morrow

Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute
Tim Morrow is a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (SEI) in the Software Solutions Division. He develops and implements architecture-centric approaches to support the acquisition, development, and analysis of SoS, system, and software architectures for DoD and non-DoD programs. Before joining the SEI, he was a hardware diagnostic manager at Marconi Communications, a... Read More →


Wednesday November 5, 2014 2:05pm - 2:45pm
Grand Station Ballroom 4

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