Towards an Architectural Framework for Agile Software Development

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Executive Summary

One of the ideas of agile software development is to respond to changes rather than following a plan. Constantly changing businesses result in changing requirements, to be handled in the development process. Therefore, it is essential that the underlying software architecture is capable of managing agile business processes. However, criticism on agile software development states that it fails to pay attention to architectural and design issues and therefore is bound to engender suboptimal design-decisions. In this paper, the authors propose an architectural framework for agile software development, that by explicitly separating computational, co-ordinational, and communicational models offers a high degree of flexibility regarding architectural and design changes introduced by agile business processes.

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