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In Praise of Architects

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JournalInformation and Software Technology
DatePublished - Oct 1991
Issue number8
Volume33
Number of pages9
Pages (from-to)566-574
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

There are many documented cases of unsuccessful software development projects and it is possible to identify a number of key technical and managerial difficulties that underlie the problems of many projects. It is argued that software development could gain by adopting and adapting some principles from the building profession - especially giving more prominence, and a more pivotal role in development, to the software system architecture. The nature of a software architecture (specification) and some of the issues in developing architectures are discussed. A number of conclusions is drawn, including a consideration of the commercial implications of the establishment of 'software architects' practices.

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  • SOFTWARE CRISIS, SOFTWARE DESIGN, SOFTWARE SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE, REQUIREMENTS ANALYSIS

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