The perception of Architectural Smells in Industrial Practice

Darius Sas, Ilaria Pigazzini, Paris Avgeriou, Francesca Arcelli Fontana

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Architectural Technical Debt (ATD) is considered as the most significant type of TD in industrial practice. In this study, we interview 21 software engineers and architects to investigate a specific type of ATD, namely architectural smells (AS). Our goal is to understand the phenomenon of AS better and support practitioners to better manage it and researchers to offer relevant support. The findings of this study provide insights on how practitioners perceive AS and how they introduce them, the maintenance and evolution issues they experienced and associated to the presence of AS, and what practices and tools they adopt to manage AS.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-41
Number of pages6
JournalIeee software
Issue number6
Early online date10-Aug-2021
Publication statusPublished - Nov-2021

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