Collaborative Software Architecting Through Knowledge Sharing

Chapter

Abstract

In the field of software architecture, there has been a paradigm shift from describing the outcome of the architecting process to documenting architectural knowledge, such as design decisions and rationale. Moreover, in a global, distributed setting, software architecting is essentially a collaborative process in which sharing and reusing architectural knowledge is a crucial and indispensible part. Although the importance of architectural knowledge has been recognized for a considerable period of time, there is still no systematic process emphasizing the use of architectural knowledge in a collaborative context. In this chapter, we present a two-part solution to this problem: a collaborative architecting process based on architectural knowledge and an accompanying tool suite that demonstrates one way to support the process.

Keywords

Software architecture Collaborative architecting Architecting process Architectural knowledge Knowledge sharing Collaborative software engineering 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and Computing ScienceUniversity of GroningenAG GroningenNetherlands

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