F. Michael Dedolph, Levi Deal Consulting
When the World Trade Center collapsed, the switching systems in the basement correctly diagnosed which lines were still working, and continued to connect calls using backup power for several days. One factor contributing to this remarkable product reliability was the AT&T / Bell Labs practice of early systems architecture reviews.
In this session, the speaker will:
- Provide a simple model for defining and categorizing systems architecture that is representationally independent
- Describe how to conduct an architecture review, using methods based on Bell Labs Systems Architecture Review Board (SARB) process
SARB reviews provide an alternative approach to the SEI’s Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method (ATAM) method. Compared to ATAM, SARB-style architecture reviews can be easily and flexibly tailored based on the context. The flexibility of the method makes it suitable for many kinds of systems and problem domains.