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What Does Research Say About Agile and Architecture?

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Publication Type:

Conference/Workshop Paper

Venue:

The Fifth International Conference on Software Engineering Advances (ICSEA 2010)

Publisher:

IARIA


Abstract

Agile has been used to refer to a software development paradigm that emphasizes rapid and flexible development. In the meanwhile, we have through our practical experiences in scaling up agile methods, noticed that architecture plays an important role. Due to the inter-relationship between agile methods and architecture, as well as divergent perceptions on their correlation stated in numerous sources, we are motivated to find out how these perceptions are supported by findings in the research community in general and in empirical studies in particular. To fully benefit from agile practices and architectural disciplines, we need empirical data on the perceived and experienced impacts of introducing agile methods to existing software development process, as well as correlations between agile and architecture. In this paper, we survey the research literature for statements made regarding the relationship between agile development and software architecture. The main findings are that there is a lack of scientific support for many of the claims that are concerned with agile and architecture, and more empirical studies are needed to fully reveal the benefits and drawbacks implied by an agile software development method.

Bibtex

@inproceedings{Pei-Breivold1800,
author = {Hongyu Pei-Breivold and Daniel Sundmark and Peter Wallin and Stig Larsson},
title = {What Does Research Say About Agile and Architecture?},
month = {August},
year = {2010},
booktitle = {The Fifth International Conference on Software Engineering Advances (ICSEA 2010)},
publisher = {IARIA},
url = {http://www.es.mdh.se/publications/1800-}
}