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Evaluating architectural stability with real options theory

Bahsoon, R; Emmerich, W; (2004) Evaluating architectural stability with real options theory. In: Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Software Maintenance, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. (pp. 443-447). IEEE Computer Society Press Green open access


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Architectural stability refers to the extent to which a software architecture is flexible enough to respond to changes in stakeholders? requirements and the environment. We contribute to a novel model that exploits options theory to evaluate architectural stability. We describe how we have derived the model: the analogy and assumptions made; its formulation and possible interpretations. We use a refactoring case study to empirically evaluate the model. The results show that the model can provide insights into architectural stability and investment decisions related to the evolution of software systems.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Evaluating architectural stability with real options theory
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1109/ICSM.2004.1357832
Additional information: Imported via OAI, 7:29:01 5th Jul 2005
UCL classification: UCL > School of BEAMS
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/713
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