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Software Architecture Design and Analysis

What Our Instructors Say

How do you know which design decisions will lead to the software architecture that successfully addresses the desired system qualities? This course provides students with the opportunity to apply the methods they learned in the Software Architecture: Principles and Practices course to design and analyze parts of an example system.

Robert Nord

Robert Nord is a senior member of the technical staff at the SEI.

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Rober Nord

Who Should Attend

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.

Course Overview

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.

Learning Outcomes

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 

Course Environment

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.

Course Outline

Download the Software Architecture Design and Analysis course outline.

Training Justification Letter

Download our training justification letter template. This letter can be tailored to help you make a case to your manager for taking this course.

What Course Attendees Say

Provided new insight into the parts of the system I develop.

Software Engineer, Private Industry

Thanks for teaching this course with passion and genuine interest.

Software Architect

Related Certificates and Courses

This course is required for the Software Architecture Professional Certificate program.

Software Architecture Professional Certificate

Learn Three Key Areas of Knowledge

1 Software Architecture Fundamentals

2 Design and Analysis Concepts and Methods

The course you are viewing, Software Architecture Design and Analysis, is part of this certificate.

3 Architecture Documentation

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  • Your registration fee includes materials, continental breakfast, lunch, and breaks.
  • Check-in and breakfast begin 1/2 hour before the course begins.
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You may transfer your registration fees from one SEI course offering to another that occurs within 12 months. Just email us a request to or FAX it to 412-268-7401. For a first transfer, there's no charge if you make your request no less than three weeks before the course date. Within three week, you'll be charged a $50 fee.

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If we have to cancel a course offering due to low enrollment, we'll offer you the choice of a refund of the registration fee, transfer to a different date of the same course, or transfer to a different SEI course of equal price.

Our refund policy

We'll issue a refund for

  • written cancellations that we receive no less than three weeks before the course begins (less a $75.00 administrative fee)
  • course cancellations that we initiate

We cannot give a refund after the course begins or for a course missed to an act of God.

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What Course Attendees Say

Provided new insight into the parts of the system I develop.

Thanks for teaching this course with passion and genuine interest.

Software Engineer, Private Industry

Software Architect