Alignment and maturity are siblings in architecture assessment

Bas Van Der Raadt, Johannes Ferdinand Hoorn, Hans Van Vliet

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Current architecture assessment models focus on either architecture maturity or architecture alignment, considering the other as an explaining sub-variable. Based on an exploratory study, we conjecture that both alignment and maturity are equally important variables in properly assessing architecture organizations. Our hypothesis is that these variables conceptually differ, correlate, but do not explain one another. In this paper we describe our Multi-dimensional Assessment model for architecture Alignment and architecture Maturity (MAAM), which contains six main interrelated sub-variables that explain both alignment and maturity. We used existing models, literature from business and IS domains, and knowledge gained from previous research to identify the explaining variables. We constructed MAAM using structured modeling techniques. We are currently using a structured questionnaire method to construct an Internet survey with which we gather data to empirically validate our model. Our goal is to develop an architecture assessment process and supporting tool based on MAAM.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357-371
Number of pages15
JournalLecture Notes in Computer Science
Publication statusPublished - 29 Sep 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event17th International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering, CAiSE 2005 - Porto, Portugal
Duration: 13 Jun 200517 Jun 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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