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A Comparative Case Study of Architecting Practices in the Embedded Software Industry
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3986-1196
2011 (English)In: Proceedings of 18th IEEE International Conference and Workshops on Engineering of Computer-Based Systems, 2011, 226-231 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The goal of this study is to improve the understanding of how architecting is performed within the field of software-intensive systems. Architects at six different internationally well-known companies have been interviewed to understand their way of working. This paper presents the practices that are found most successful. The context of the different companies as well as the architecting practices are compared and analyzed. Many of the architecting practices found in the study can be explained by the context of the different companies. The study shows that architects at all companies mention a general lack of understanding of software-intensive systems within industries that used to be mechanical. The architects' view of their work is very similar independently of where they work. Also the way architecting is performed is very similar, but surprisingly only one company has a defined process for architecting.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. 226-231 p.
National Category
Natural Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-11715DOI: 10.1109/ECBS.2011.11ISI: 000298802400027Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-80051979426ISBN: 978-0-7695-4379-6 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-11715DiVA: diva2:394751
Conference
18th IEEE International Conference and Workshops on Engineering of Computer-Based Systems (ECBS) Location: Las Vegas, NV Date: APR 27-29, 2011
Available from: 2011-02-03 Created: 2011-02-03 Last updated: 2014-05-16Bibliographically approved
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1. Lean Thinking Applied to System Architecting
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Lean Thinking Applied to System Architecting
2011 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Software intensive systems are an increasing part of new products, which make the business impact significant. This is especially true for the automotive industry where a very large part of new innovations are realized through the use of software. The architecture of the software intensive system will enable value creation when working properly or, in the worst case, prevent value creation.

 Lean thinking is about focusing on the increase of customer value and on the people who add value. This thesis investigates how system architecting is performed in industry and how it can be improved by the use of Lean thinking. The architecting process does not create immediate value to the end customer, but rather create the architecture on which value in terms of product features and functionality can be developed. A Lean tool used to improve the value creation within a process is Value Stream Mapping (VSM). We present a method based on VSM which is adapted to enable analysis of the architecting process in order to identify improvements.

 A study of architecting at two companies shows what effect differences such as a strong line organization or a strong project organization has on the architecting process. It also shows what consequence technical choices and business strategy have on the architecting process. In order to improve the understanding of how architecting is performed a study including architects at six different internationally well-known companies have been interviewed. The study presents the practices that are found most successful. The context of the different companies as well as the architecting practices are compared and analyzed.

 The early design decisions made when developing software-intensive systems are crucial to the outcome of development projects. In order to improve the decision making process a method was developed based on Real Options. The method improves the customer focus of critical design decision by taking the value of flexibility into account.

 This thesis provides a toolbox of knowledge on how Lean thinking can be applied to system architecting and also presents how architecting is performed in industry today.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Västerås: Mälardalen University, 2011. 56 p.
Series
Mälardalen University Press Dissertations, ISSN 1651-4238 ; 95
National Category
Computer Science
Research subject
Computer Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-11717 (URN)978-91-7485-003-1 (ISBN)
Public defence
2011-03-18, Beta, Mälardalen University, Västerås, 14:00 (English)
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Available from: 2011-02-04 Created: 2011-02-03 Last updated: 2011-03-01Bibliographically approved

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