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Relating Software Requirements and Architectures

  • Paris Avgeriou
  • John Grundy
  • Jon G. Hall
  • Patricia Lago
  • Ivan Mistrík

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. J. G. Hall, J. Grundy, I. Mistrik, P. Lago, P. Avgeriou
      Pages 1-9
    3. J. Grundy, P. Lago, P. Avgeriou, J. Hall, I. Mistrík
      Pages 13-15
    4. Soo Ling Lim, Anthony Finkelstein
      Pages 17-34
    5. Antony Tang, Peng Liang, Viktor Clerc, Hans van Vliet
      Pages 35-60
    6. Inah Omoronyia, Guttorm Sindre, Stefan Biffl, Tor Stålhane
      Pages 61-83
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. P. Lago, P. Avgeriou, J. Grundy, J. Hall, I. Mistrík
      Pages 87-89
    3. Lawrence Chung, Sam Supakkul, Nary Subramanian, José Luis Garrido, Manuel Noguera, Maria V. Hurtado et al.
      Pages 91-109
    4. Zoë Stephenson, Katrina Attwood, John McDermid
      Pages 111-131
    5. Christine Choppy, Denis Hatebur, Maritta Heisel
      Pages 133-159
    6. Luciano Baresi, Liliana Pasquale
      Pages 161-181
    7. Len Bass, Paul Clements
      Pages 183-195
  4. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
    2. P. Avgeriou, J. Grundy, J. Hall, P. Lago, I. Mistrík
      Pages 199-201
    3. Huy Tran, Ta’id Holmes, Uwe Zdun, Schahram Dustdar
      Pages 233-255
    4. Jochen M. Küster, Hagen Völzer, Olaf Zimmermann
      Pages 257-277

About this book


Why have a book about the relation between requirements and software architecture? Understanding the relation between requirements and architecture is important because the requirements, be they explicit or implicit, represent the function, whereas the architecture determines the form. While changes to a set of requirements may impact on the realization of the architecture, choices made for an architectural solution may impact on requirements, e.g., in terms of revising functional or non-functional requirements that cannot actually be met.

Although research in both requirements engineering and software architecture is quite active, it is in their combination that understanding is most needed and actively sought. Presenting the current state of the art is the purpose of this book. The editors have divided the contributions into four parts: Part 1 “Theoretical Underpinnings and Reviews” addresses the issue of requirements change management in architectural design through traceability and reasoning. Part 2 “Tools and Techniques” presents approaches, tools, and techniques for bridging the gap between software requirements and architecture. Part 3 “Experiences from Industrial Projects” then reports on case studies from industry, while part 4 on “Emerging Issues” details advanced topics such as synthesizing architecture from requirements or the role of middleware in architecting for non-functional requirements. The final chapter is a conclusions chapter identifying key contributions and outstanding areas for future research and improvement of practice.

The book is targeted at academic and industrial researchers in requirements engineering or software architecture. Graduate students specializing in these areas as well as advanced professionals in software development will also benefit from the results and experiences presented in this volume.


Model-Driven Architecture Requirements Engineering Software Architecture Software Design Software Models Software Product Lines

Editors and affiliations

  • Paris Avgeriou
    • 1
  • John Grundy
    • 2
  • Jon G. Hall
    • 3
  • Patricia Lago
    • 4
  • Ivan Mistrík
    • 5
  1. 1.University of GroningenGroningenNetherlands
  2. 2., Faculty of InformationSwinburne University of TechnologyVictoriaAustralia
  3. 3.The Open UniversityMilton KeynesUnited Kingdom
  4. 4.Dept. Computer ScienceVrije UniversiteitAmsterdamNetherlands
  5. 5.HeidelbergGermany

About the editors

Paris Avgeriou is Professor of Software Engineering at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, where he has led the software engineering research group since September 2006. He has published more than 90 peer-reviewed articles in international journals, conference proceedings, and books. His research interests lie in the area of software architecture, with a strong emphasis on architecture modeling, knowledge, evolution, and patterns.

John Grundy is Professor of Software Engineering at Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. He has published over 200 refereed papers and has made numerous contributions to the fields of collaborative software engineering, software architecture, and software visualization.

Jon G. Hall is Senior Lecturer at The Open University, UK. Jon has published widely on numerous subjects including formal methods, software architectures, and requirements engineering. His current research mission is to provide new thoughts and tools for sophisticated problem solving.

Patricia Lago is Associate Professor at the VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Her research interests are in software and service-oriented architecture, architectural knowledge management, green IT, and sustainable software engineering. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles in international journals, conference proceedings, and books.

Ivan Mistrík is an independent consultant and researcher in software-reliant systems engineering with more than forty years’ experience, working at R&D institutions in the USA and Germany and consulting on a variety of large international projects sponsored by ESA, EU, NASA, NATO, and UN.

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