The overall value of architecture review in a large scale software organization

Sofia Sherman, Irit Hadar, Ethan Hadar, John J. Harrison

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Software architecture review is an important part of architecture construction and evaluation, aimed at ensuring high-quality architecture thus leading to high-quality product. The literature recognizes the different benefits gained by architecture review. Yet, our empirical findings obtained in a large scale software organization show that (1) not all architects are fully aware of the review contribution, and (2) in addition to improving the quality of the architecture, the review encompasses other value propositions, such as promoting collaboration, knowledge sharing, and verifying alignment with the organization's strategy. The study presented in this paper is a first step in an ongoing research aimed at improving existing architecture review processes, methods and tools for enhancing the review's various contributions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvanced Information Systems Engineering Workshops - CAiSE 2011 International Workshops, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9783642220555
StatePublished - 2011

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
Volume83 LNBIP
ISSN (Print)1865-1348


  • Architecture review
  • architecture process
  • architecture quality
  • qualitative research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Business and International Management
  • Information Systems
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Information Systems and Management


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