12. Producing Architectural Models
As an architect, you face the twin challenges of developing an architectural solution that effectively balances the needs of stakeholders and communicating the important details of that solution to them. Because we can’t build the real computer system as part of the architecture definition process—just as a building architect can’t construct a real office block while designing the building—we have to find ways to represent and analyze the system’s important features so that our different classes of stakeholders can understand them. We call these representations models.
In this context, a model is ...