Monday, April 29, 2013


The ATAM process is a short, facilitated interaction between the stakeholders to conduct the activities outlined in the blackboard, leading to the identification of risks, sensitivities, and tradeoffs:

• risks can be the focus of mitigation activities, e.g. further design, further analysis, prototyping

• sensitivities and tradeoffs can be explicitly documented

Architecture reviews are not repeatable without a process. ATAM gives a defined process to achieve a repeatable architecture evaluation process.

The federally funded Software Engineering Institute Carnegie Mellon has pioneered this method for evaluation of software architectures.