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Issue No.02 - March/April (2010 vol.27)
pp: 16-22
Pekka Abrahamsson , University of Helsinki
Muhammad Ali Babar , IT University of Copenhagen
Philippe Kruchten , University of British Columbia
ABSTRACT
Software architecture is getting a bad rap with many agile proponents due to such aspects as big design up front, massive documentation, and the smell of waterfall. It's pictured as a nonagile practice, something we don't want to even consider, although everybody wants to be called an architect. However, certain classes of systems that ignore architectural issues for too long hit a wall and collapse due to a lack of an architectural focus. So, is agile architecture a paradox, an oxymoron, or two totally incompatible approaches? Software developers have equally important roles in successfully letting agile and architectural approaches coexist. Agile approaches rely more on bottom-up efforts in which developers collaborate closely with stakeholders in general and product owners in particular. This article reviews the real issues at stake, past the rhetoric and posturing, and suggests that the two cultures can coexist and support each other, where appropriate.
INDEX TERMS
software architecture, agile development methods, software engineering
CITATION
Pekka Abrahamsson, Muhammad Ali Babar, Philippe Kruchten, "Agility and Architecture: Can They Coexist?", IEEE Software, vol.27, no. 2, pp. 16-22, March/April 2010, doi:10.1109/MS.2010.36
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