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Accession Number ADA566734
Title Unstructured Architectures Considered Harmful.
Publication Date Oct 2012
Media Count 7p
Personal Author K. B. Bush
Abstract The use of architectures to document and explore requirements during the systems engineering process is a valuable technique. Mature enterprise and system architectures can facilitate requirement discovery, analysis, and traceability in an effective and scalable manner. This role for architectures is important. However, an overemphasis of the requirements-architecture relationship risks an inadvertent devaluation of high-level design quality. Focusing on requirement capture may cause an architect to miss opportunities to make strategic engineering trade-off decisions, thereby creating an absence of design structure. This paper discusses design structure and its relationship with system complexity and warns of the pitfalls presented by unstructured architectures.
Keywords Complexity
Control theory
Design structure
Deterministic behavior
Dodaf(Department of defense architecture framework)
Enterprise architecture
Self organizing systems
Stochastic processes
Structured design
System design
Systems architecture
Systems engineering

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 62D - Information Processing Standards
Corporate Author Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, North Charleston, SC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Technical rept.
NTIS Issue Number 1307
Contract Number N/A

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