Software Architecture Knowledge Management

Theory and Practice

  • Muhammad Ali Babar
  • Torgeir Dingsøyr
  • Patricia Lago
  • Hans van Vliet

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Torgeir Dingsøyr, Hans van Vliet
    Pages 1-17
  3. Architecture Knowledge Management

  4. Tools and Techniques for Managing Architectural Knowledge

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-89
    2. Peng Liang, Paris Avgeriou
      Pages 91-111
  5. Experience with Architecture Knowledge Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-136
    2. Hans van Vliet, Paris Avgeriou, Remco C. de Boer, Viktor Clerc, Rik Farenhorst, Anton Jansen et al.
      Pages 137-154
    3. Antony Tang, Hans van Vliet
      Pages 155-174
    4. Ioannis Stamelos, George Kakarontzas
      Pages 199-215
    5. Olaf Zimmermann, Petra Kopp, Stefan Pappe
      Pages 217-241
    6. Eltjo R. Poort, Agung Pramono, Michiel Perdeck, Viktor Clerc, Hans van Vliet
      Pages 243-259
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 261-279

About this book


A software architecture manifests the major early design decisions, which determine the system’s development, deployment and evolution. Thus, making better architectural decisions is one of the large challenges in software engineering. Software architecture knowledge management is about capturing practical experience and translating it into generalized architectural knowledge, and using this knowledge in the communication with stakeholders during all phases of the software lifecycle.

This book presents a concise description of knowledge management in the software architecture discipline. It explains the importance of sound knowledge management practices for improving software architecture processes and products, and makes clear the role of knowledge management in software architecture and software development processes. It presents many approaches that are in use in software companies today, approaches that have been used in other domains, and approaches under development in academia. After an initial introduction by the editors, the contributions are grouped in three parts on "Architecture Knowledge Management", "Strategies and Approaches for Managing Architectural Knowledge", and "Tools and Techniques for Managing Architectural Knowledge".

The presentation aims at information technology and software engineering professionals, in particular software architects and software architecture researchers. For the industrial audience, the book gives a broad and concise understanding of the importance of knowledge management for improving software architecture process and building capabilities in designing and evaluating better architectures for their mission- and business-critical systems. For researchers, the book will help to understand the applications of various knowledge management approaches in an industrial setting and to identify research challenges and opportunities.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Muhammad Ali Babar
    • 1
  • Torgeir Dingsøyr
    • 2
  • Patricia Lago
    • 3
  • Hans van Vliet
    • 4
  1. 1.Lero- The Irish Software Engineering, Research CenterUniversity of LimerickLimerickIreland
  2. 2., Dept. Information & CommunicationSINTEFTrondheimNorway
  3. 3.Fac. Sciences, Dept. Computer ScienceVrije UniversiteitAmsterdamNetherlands
  4. 4.Dept. Mathematics &, Computer SciencesFree University AmsterdamAmsterdamNetherlands

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