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Interpreting "Systems Architecting"

Emes, MR; Bryant, PA; Wilkinson, MK; King, P; James, AM; Arnold, S; (2012) Interpreting "Systems Architecting". Systems Engineering , 15 (4) 369 - 395. 10.1002/sys.21202. Green open access

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Abstract

The UK Chapter of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE UK) has commissioned research to illustrate the variety of usage of the terms architecture and architecting in the systems engineering community. These terms, though widely used, are rarely strictly defined, and the meaning attributed to the terms is not consistent even in formal publications. Using soft systems methodology, this research has analysed three published sources (MODAF, The Art of Systems Architecting by Maier and Rechtin, and ISO/IEC 42010), and conducted a series of interviews with systems architecting practitioners. Twelve contentious questions in systems architecting are discussed, and six perspectives on systems architecting presented, including three basic worldviews of the relationship between systems engineering and systems architecting. One model sees systems architecting as simply a rebranding of systems engineering to broaden its appeal with no change in content. Another model sees systems engineering restricted to its traditional processes, with systems architecting adding to systems engineering through external processes. The final model, and the most popular amongst the systems engineering community, sees systems architecting addressing shortcomings in traditional sequential lifecycle models by stretching the content of systems engineering to include new elements under the banner of systems architecting.

Type: Article
Title: Interpreting "Systems Architecting"
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1002/sys.21202
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/sys.21202
Language: English
Additional information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Emes, MR; Bryant, PA; Wilkinson, MK; King, P; James, AM; Arnold, S; (2012) Interpreting "Systems Architecting". Systems Engineering, 15 (4) 369 - 395, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/sys.21202. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving (http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-820227.html#terms).
Keywords: systems architecting, architecture, systems terminology, belief systems, soft systems
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1365922
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