This is an intermediate course in software architecture. The course is designed for practicing software architects as well as designers and developers of software-reliant systems. Completion of this course fulfills a training requirement for the SEI's Software Architecture Professional certificate program.
The Software Architecture Design and Analysis course is based on the books Software Architecture in Practice, 2nd Edition and Evaluating Software Architectures: Methods and Case Studies. The prerequisite for this course is the Software Architecture: Principles and Practices course, which is available as instructor-led classroom training and as eLearning.
This two-day course provides in-depth coverage of the concepts needed to effectively design and analyze a software architecture. The essential considerations for defining any architecture are carefully examined and then illustrated through application of the SEI Attribute-Driven Design (ADD) software-architecture design method. This course also explores architecture analysis in depth and introduces the SEI Quality Attribute Workshop (QAW) and the SEI Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method (ATAM). Through multiple exercises, participants study an application of these methods and get a chance to apply them to sample problems.
In particular, the course addresses
- lifecycle view of architecture design and analysis methods
- the QAW, a method for eliciting critical quality attributes such as availability, performance, security, interoperability, and modifiability
- the ADD method, a method for designing a software architecture
- the ATAM, a method for evaluating a software architecture based on a set of attribute-specific measures of the system such as performance, availability, modifiability, and security
Before registering for this course, participants must complete the Software Architecture: Principles and Practices (SAPP) course, which is available as instructor-led classroom training and as eLearning. SAPP illuminates key technical and organizational issues pertaining to software architectures and includes a section on architecture evaluation that prepares students for this course.
As a result of completing this course, students will be able to
- understand the essential considerations in any architectural design process
- explain the value of the QAW for eliciting critical quality attributes
- apply the ADD method for designing an architecture
- understand the role of architecture evaluation
- explain the value of the ATAM for evaluating architecture
- use the methods within a software-development lifecycle
Software Architecture Design and Analysis is an interactive course. Your classmates will come from a range of government agencies and industry sectors, each bringing a unique perspective to enhance the learning process.
You can expect
- case studies
- group work
- hands-on examples
- individualized Q&A
This two-day classroom course meets daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (ET) in our U.S. training centers. The SEI can deliver this course at customer sites by special arrangement.
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Related Certificates and Courses
This course is required for the Software Architecture Professional Certificate program.
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