Agile Software Architecture

Aligning Agile Processes and Software Architectures

Edited by

  • Muhammad Ali Babar, The University of Adelaide, Australia
  • Alan Brown, Surrey Business School, University of Surrey, UK
  • Ivan Mistrik, Systems Engin. Researcher/Consultant, Germany

Agile software development approaches have had significant impact on industrial software development practices. Today, agile software development has penetrated to most IT companies across the globe, with an intention to increase quality, productivity, and profitability. Comprehensive knowledge is needed to understand the architectural challenges involved in adopting and using agile approaches and industrial practices to deal with the development of large, architecturally challenging systems in an agile way.

Agile Software Architecture focuses on gaps in the requirements of applying architecture-centric approaches and principles of agile software development and demystifies the agile architecture paradox. Readers will learn how agile and architectural cultures can co-exist and support each other according to the context. Moreover, this book will also provide useful leads for future research in architecture and agile to bridge such gaps by developing appropriate approaches that incorporate architecturally sound practices in agile methods.

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researchers, practitioners, and graduate students of software engineering and software architectures, people working in architecturally sensitive industries (e.g. safety critical systems) and industries migrating to agile


Book information

  • Published: December 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-407772-0


"Project managers, product owners, and software architects will benefit from reading this book. They will be able to check what is the state of the art and how to apply specific techniques to their own projects given different dimensions, domains, and scopes. ", August 6 2014

Table of Contents

Agile Software Architecture

Foreword 1

Foreword 2



Chapter 1: Introduction to ASA

ASA: The State-of-the-Art
ASA: Industrial/commercial perspective
ASA: Current Challenges and Future Directions

Part I: Fundamentals of Agile Architecting

Chapter 2: The DCI Paradigm: Beyond Class-Oriented Architecture to Object Orientation

Chapter 3: Refactoring software architecture

Chapter 4: Architecture Decisions: Who, How and When?

Part II: Managing Software Architecture in Agile Projects

Chapter 5: Combining agile development and variability handling to achieve adaptable software architectures

Chapter 6: Agile software architecture knowledge management

Chapter 7: Continuous software architecture analysis
Chapter 8: Bridging user stories and software architectures: a guidance support for agile architecting

Part III: Agile Architecting in Specific Domains

Chapter 9: Architecture-centric testing for security: An agile perspective

Chapter 10: Multi-tenancy multi-target architectures: Extending multi-tenancy architectures for agile deployment and development

Part IV: Industrial Viewpoints on Agile Architecting

Chapter 11: Bursting the Agile Bubble Anti-Pattern

Chapter 12: Building a Platform for Innovation: Architecture and Agile as Key Enablers

Chapter 13: Opportunities, threats and limitations of emergent architecture

Chapter 14: Aviva GI: Architecture as a Key Driver for Agile Success