ECSA 2022
Mon 19 - Fri 23 September 2022 Prague, Czech Republic

For the early design and communication of software systems, architects commonly use informal diagrams. Due to their notational freedom and effectiveness for communication, informal diagrams are often preferred over models with a fixed syntax and semantics as defined by a modeling language. However, precisely because of this lack of established semantics, informal diagrams are of limited use in later development stages for analysis tasks such as consistency checking or change impact analysis. In this paper, we present an approach to reconciling informal diagramming and modeling such that architects can benefit from analysis based on the informal diagrams they are already creating. Our approach supports migrating from existing informal architecture diagrams to flexible models, i.e., partially treating diagrams as models while maintaining the freedom of free-form drawing. Moreover, to enhance the ease of interacting with the flexible models, we provide support for their blended textual and graphical editing. We validate our approach in a lab setting and perform an evaluative case study in an industrial setting. We show how the approach allows architects to continue informal diagramming, while also benefiting from flexible models for consistency checking between the intended architecture and the implementation.

Fri 23 Sep

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11:00 - 12:30
Architecture modeling, design and decision makingTools & Demos / Research Papers at S4
Chair(s): Henry Muccini University of L'Aquila, Italy, Luciano Baresi Politecnico di Milano
From Informal Architecture Diagrams to Flexible Blended ModelsBest paper candidate
Research Papers
A: Robbert Jongeling Malardalen University, A: Federico Ciccozzi Malardalen University, A: Antonio Cicchetti Mälardalen University, A: Jan Carlson Malardalen University
Debiasing Architectural Decision-Making: A Workshop-Based Training Approach
Research Papers
A: Klara Borowa Warsaw University of Technology, A: Maria Jarek , A: Gabriela Mystkowska , A: Weronika Paszko , A: Andrzej Zalewski
Persistence Factories Architectural Design Pattern
Research Papers
A: Jorge Ortiz-Fuentes , A: Ángel Herranz Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Feature-based Investigation of Simulation Structure and Behaviour
Research Papers
A: Sandro Koch Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), A: Robert Heinrich Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), A: Ralf Reussner Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and FZI - Research Center for Information Technology (FZI)
Tool-based Attack Graph Estimation for Software Architectures
Tools & Demos
Research Papers

Information for Participants
Fri 23 Sep 2022 11:00 - 12:30 at S4 - Architecture modeling, design and decision making Chair(s): Henry Muccini, Luciano Baresi
Info for session

Each paper is presented as a 5-minute pitch talk at the beginning. The rest of the session is a discussion.

Info for room S4:

After reaching the 3rd floor (either by elevator or the main staircase), turn right.