Visualizing and Measuring Software Portfolio Architectures: A Flexibility Analysis

by Alan MacCormack, Carliss Baldwin,  Robert Lagerström, and David Dreyfus

In this paper, Carliss and Alan (with Robert Lagerström and David Dreyfus) test a method for visualizing and measuring enterprise architectures (i.e. software portfolio architectures), and use measures to predict the costs of architectural change. Our data is drawn from a biopharmaceutical company, comprising 407 architectural components with 1,157 dependencies between them.

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