Software architecture methods play a central role in the development of large enterprise computer systems. However, the extent to which individual experienced IT architects employ a software architecture method is largely unknown. In this paper, we surveyed a group of experienced architects, and set up an “in practice” field study of some of these architects to explore the way they applied a well documented software architecture development method. Among the findings to emerge are that architects modify their method more regularly than previously recognised, and that tools for visual communication are the most commonly used tools by these architects.
Barrow, Rob; Frampton, Keith; Hamilton, Margaret; and Crossman, Bruce, "How Do Experienced Architects Use Architecture Development Methods?" (2004). ACIS 2004 Proceedings. 58.