Decision Models for Microservices: Design Areas, Stakeholders, Use Cases, and Requirements

  • Stefan HaselböckEmail author
  • Rainer Weinreich
  • Georg Buchgeher
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10475)


Introducing a microservice architecture is a complex task, requiring many design decisions regarding system architecture, organizational structure, and system infrastructure. Decision models have been successfully used in other domains for design space exploration, decision making and decision documentation. In this paper, we investigate the use of decision models for microservice architecture. As a first step, we identified areas of microservice design and created decision models for some of the identified areas. We then used the created models as part of a technical action research (TAR) process with partner companies to identify important stakeholders and use cases for decision models in this context, as well as to identify requirements on decision model elements and presentation. Results indicate that practitioners perceive decision models for microservices to be useful. Challenges include the large number of interlinked knowledge areas, the need for context-specific adaptations, and the need for processes to manage the decision space over time.


Decision models Microservices Technical action research (TAR) 



The research reported in this paper has been supported by the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, and the Province of Upper Austria in the frame of the COMET center SCCH.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefan Haselböck
    • 1
    Email author
  • Rainer Weinreich
    • 1
  • Georg Buchgeher
    • 2
  1. 1.Johannes Kepler University LinzLinzAustria
  2. 2.Software Competence Center Hagenberg GmbHHagenberg im MühlkreisAustria

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