Link Roundup, 11/12/14: Minimum Viable Architecture

Minimum Viable Architecture

In his Introduction to Minimum Viable Architecture, Savita Pahuja at InfoQ recalls an older blog by Kavis Technology that described the role of agile methods as serving a balancing function between the minimum viable product and the minimum viable architecture. Below are several recent opinions on this topic and a project that is putting the theory into practice.

Less is More with Minimalist Architecture: Ruth Malan and Dana Bredemeyer wrote in the October 2002 issue of IT Professional that you should “sort out your highest-priority architectural requirements, and then do the least you possibly can to achieve them!”

Good Enough Is Good Enough: Minimum Viable Architecture in a Startup: In a presentation given at the San Francisco Startup CTO Summit, Randy Shoup encourages startups to ignore the advice he’s been giving for a decade on building large-scale systems.

The Minimum Viable Product and Incremental Software Development: Hayim Makabee at Effective Software Design relates Eric Ries’s concept of the minimum viable product (The Lean Startup) to incremental software development.

The Case for Minimalism in Software Architecture: In Michael Keeling’s blog Reflections on Software Engineering, the point of architectural minimalism – which may carry into description and documentation minimalism – is to focus on satisfying key quality attributes.

Minimum Viable Device: Mobile Heights is a Swedish-based, member-financed, non-profit organization that aims to create a standard for communication between objects in the Internet of Things and to shorten development time for connected devices and services.


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