Achieving Agility through Architecture Visibility

  • Carl Hinsman
  • Neeraj Sangal
  • Judith Stafford
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5581)


L.L.Bean is a large retail organization whose development processes must be agile in order to allow rapid enhancement and maintenance of its technology infrastructure. Over the past decade L.L.Bean’s software code-base had become brittle and difficult to evolve. An effort was launched to identify and develop new approaches to software development that would enable ongoing agility to support the ever-increasing demands of a successful business. This paper recounts L.L.Bean’s effort in restructuring its code-base and adoption of process improvements that support an architecture-based agile approach to development, governance, and maintenance. Unlike traditional refactoring, this effort was guided by an architectural blueprint that was created in a Dependency Structure Matrix where the refactoring was first prototyped before being applied to the actual code base.


architecture dependency agility 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carl Hinsman
    • 1
  • Neeraj Sangal
    • 2
  • Judith Stafford
    • 3
  1. 1.L.L.Bean, Inc.FreeportUSA
  2. 2.Lattix, Inc.AndoverUSA
  3. 3.Tufts UniversityMedfordUSA

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