On Collaborative Model-Driven Development of Microservices

  • Jonas SorgallaEmail author
  • Florian Rademacher
  • Sabine Sachweh
  • Albert Zündorf
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11176)


Microservice Architecture (MSA) denotes an emerging architectural style for distributed and service-based systems whereby each microservice is highly cohesive and implements a single business capability. A microservice system consists of multiple, loosely coupled microservices. It provides complex capabilities through services interacting in choreographies. A single dedicated team, typically practicing DevOps, is responsible for each microservice, i.e., it “owns” the service. However, while systems relying on MSA have several architectural advantages especially for cloud applications, their realization is characterized by an increased accidental complexity due to redundant handcrafting of implementation, e.g., to make each service standalone runnable. A promising way to cope with such complexity is the usage of Model-driven Development (MDD) whereby models are used as first-class entities in the software development process. Although there are already first steps taken on how MDD could be applied by a single team to implement its microservices, the question of how MDD can be adapted to MSA’s development distribution across multiple teams remains an issue. In this paper we envision the application of Collaborative Model-driven Software Engineering (CMDSE) to MDD of MSA by surveying relevant characteristics of CMDSE and identifying challenges for its application to MSA. The present paper takes a first step towards enabling holistic MDD of MSA across microservice teams.


Microservice architecture Model-driven development Collaborative model-driven software engineering Model-driven microservice development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for the Digital Transformation of Application and Living DomainsUniversity of Applied Sciences and Arts DortmundDortmundGermany
  2. 2.Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Software Engineering Research GroupUniversity of KasselKasselGermany

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