Architecture-centric design method

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The architecture-centric design method[1][2] is a novel method for software architectural design from Anthony J. Lattanze of the SEI at Carnegie Mellon University.

ACDM goals[edit]

The key goals of ACDM are to help software development teams:

  • Get the information from stakeholders needed to define the architecture as early as possible.
  • Create, refine, and update the architecture in an iterative way throughout the lifecycle whether the lifecycle is waterfall or iterative.
  • Validate that the architecture will meet the expectations once implemented.
  • Define meaningful roles for team members to guide their efforts.
  • Create better estimates and schedules based on the architectural blueprint.
  • Provide insight into project performance.
  • Establish a lightweight, scalable, tailorable, repeatable process framework.

ACDM stages[edit]

Stage 1: Discover Architectural Drivers
Stage 2: Establish Project Scope
Stage 3: Create/Refine Architecture
Stage 4: Architecture Review
Stage 5: Production Go/No-Go
Stage 6: Experimentation
Stage 7: Production Planning
Stage 8: Production