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The GRADE Decision Canvas for Classification and Reflection on Architecture Decisions

Publication Type:

Conference/Workshop Paper

Venue:

12th International Conference on Evaluation of Novel Approaches to Software Engineering


Abstract

This paper introduces a decision canvas for capturing architecture decisions in software and systems engineer- ing. The canvas leverages a dedicated taxonomy, denoted GRADE, meant for establishing the basics of the vocabulary for assessing and choosing architectural assets in the development of software-intensive systems. The canvas serves as a template for practitioners to discuss and document architecture decisions, i.e., capture, understand and communicate decisions among decision-makers and to others. It also serves as a way to re- flect on past decision-making activities devoted to both tentative and concluding decisions in the development of software-intensive systems. The canvas has been assessed by means of preliminary internal and external evaluations with four scenarios. The results are promising as the canvas fulfills its intended objectives while satisfying most of the needs of the subjects participating in the evaluation.

Bibtex

@inproceedings{Papatheocharous4728,
author = {Efi Papatheocharous and Kai Petersen and Jakob Axelsson and Claes Wohlin and Jan Carlson and Federico Ciccozzi and S{\'e}verine Sentilles and Antonio Cicchetti},
title = {The GRADE Decision Canvas for Classification and Reflection on Architecture Decisions},
month = {April},
year = {2017},
booktitle = {12th International Conference on Evaluation of Novel Approaches to Software Engineering},
url = {http://www.es.mdh.se/publications/4728-}
}