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From Fragile to Agile Software Architecture

Published: 25 April 2019


Traditional approaches to software architecture are broken. Agile methods offer little guidance, resulting in brittle systems that cannot evolve. Application technical professionals must build upon the fundamental goal of agile — rapid feedback so that teams can respond to change.

Included in Full Research

  • The Goal of Architecture Is Cost-Effective Evolution
  • Traditional Approaches to Architecture Practice Are Flawed
    • BAUF Cannot Work
    • The Architect’s Ivory Tower Is Real
  • The Lifeblood of Agile Is Frequent and Accurate Feedback
  • The Three Pillars of Architecture
    • The Social Pillar
    • The Process Pillar
    • The Structural Pillar
  • Practices Increasing Architectural Agility
    • Agile Modeling
    • Prove It With Code
    • Architect All the Way Down
    • Generate Documentation
    • Validate and Enforce the Architecture
    • Refactor Mercilessly
    • Keep It as Simple as Possible
  • Improve All Three Pillars Simultaneously
  • Embrace Evolutionary Architecture to Avoid BAUF
  • When Building a Monolith, Use a Componentized Architecture
  • Aggressively Seek Feedback on Architecture
  • Refactor the Moment Architectural Deficiencies Are Discovered

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