Chapter 5

Architecture Decisions

Who, How, and When?

Jan Salvador van der Ven* and Jan Bosch,    *Factlink, Groningen, The Netherlands,    Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden


The way in which architectural decisions are made changes when more agile development methods are used. This chapter focuses on architectural decisions and how they are made in industrial settings. From our literature research and experience, we have constructed three axes on which the architectural decision process of projects or companies can be projected. We evaluate this framework with five industrial case studies in which we have participated. In all of the cases, the differences between two points in time (phases) were evaluated. These ...

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