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  • Meet Elaine: A Persona- Driven Approach to Exploring Architecturally Significant Requirements

    by Jane Cleland-Huang on  Dec 15, 2013

    Often, requirements elicited from stakeholders describe a system’s functionality but fail to address qualities such as performance, reliability, & availability. Documenting these requirements is often overlooked because there are implicit assumptions that the system will perform to expected levels. This article describes a process developed on the idea of persona sketches to address this problem.

  • Discover to Deliver: Author Q&A

    by Shane Hastie on  Oct 14, 2013

    Ellen Gottesdiener and Mary Gorman have written a book titled Discover to Deliver: Agile Product Planning and Analysis. The book addresses the planning and analysis activities needed in implementing business products, with a focus on software products and business process change initiatives.

  • Interview with Eduardo Miranda about Estimating and Planning Agile Projects

    by Ben Linders on  Jun 24, 2013 4

    Eduardo Miranda, associate professor at the Master of Software Engineering program at Carnegie Mellon University explains the need for planning in agile projects, and describes various planning techniques that can be used with agile. He also looks on the impact of agile on project management offices and on the role of project managers in agile projects.

Interview and Book Excerpt: Mastering the Requirements Process

Posted by Shane Hastie on  Mar 13, 2013

Suzanne and James Robertson have released the 3rd edition of their book Mastering the Requirements Process. This edition includes material focused on requirements in agile projects and outsourcing.

Faster, Better, Higher – But How?

Posted by Michael Stal on  Feb 20, 2012

One of the main challenges when designing software architecture is considering quality attributes. Not only their design turns out to be difficult, but also the specification of these attributes. 2

Interview and Book Review: Specification by Example

Posted by Shane Hastie on  Oct 24, 2011

Gojko Adzic has written Specification by Example in which he provides advice and guidelines on adopting this approach as a way to create living documentation on a software development project. 7

Are You a Software Architect?

Posted by Simon Brown on  Feb 09, 2010

The line between development and architecture is tricky. Does it exist at all? Is an ivory tower actually needed? There's a balance in the middle, but how do you move from developer to architect? 40

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