Software Engineering Institute | Carnegie Mellon University
Software Engineering Institute | Carnegie Mellon University

Staff Profile

Len Bass

Senior Member of Technical Staff

Key Responsibilities

  • design and analysis of software architecture and
  • supporting usability through software architecture

Professional Background

Len Bass is a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI). He has written two award winning books in software architecture as well as several other books and numerous papers in a wide variety of areas of computer science and software engineering. He has been a keynote speaker or a distinguished lecturer on six continents. He is currently working on techniques for the methodical design of software architectures, to understand how to support usability through software architecture, and to understand the relationship between software architecture and global software development practices. He has been involved in the development of numerous different production or research software systems ranging from operating systems to database management systems to automotive systems.

His innovations in software architecture include:

  • use of scenarios to evaluate software architecture, SAAM - 1994
  • characterizing quality attributes through scenarios, 2001.
  • characterizing software architectural tactics to achieve quality attributes, 2002.
  • identifying usabilty scenarios that have a strong impact on the software architecture and are not captured by standard user interface architectural patterns, Usability and Software Architecture

Publications (recent or significant)