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IEEE Oral Histories - Eberhardt Rechtin

Ken McCormack

Software Architecture as Code

February 05, 2018

Much legacy content served by Google (esp. early NASA and IEEE content) runs through to dead links :-( however, the Engineering and Technology History Wiki contains an incredible list of Oral Histories and you can read the full transcript of an interview with Eberhardt Rechtin (conducted in 1995 by Frederik Nebeker) at . . .

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Rechtin on Ultraquality - The Challenge

Excellence Beyond Measure and the need for Ultraquality Systems

Ken McCormack

Software Architecture as Code

February 04, 2018

Continuing the complex systems architecture theme and discussion of ultra-quality systems, the excerpt below is taken from Eberhardt Rechtin, Systems Architecting, Creating and Building Complex Systems, 1991, Chap 8.

Several issues spring to mind today, particularly how the need for some ultra-quality systems continues to be driven . . .

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Rechtin on Ultraquality - Redundancy and Fault Tolerance

The Writings of a Complex Systems Architecture Legend

Ken McCormack

Software Architecture as Code

February 04, 2018

In his classic (but criminally overlooked) 1991 book "Systems Architecting, Creating and Building Complex Systems," Eberhardt Rechtin discusses technical, managerial and architectural responses to the challenge of building high quality systems. Despite being several decades old, 'modern' techniques like Lean manufacturing . . .

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Heuristics for testability

Some tips from Eberhardt Rechtin

Ken McCormack

Software Architecture as Code

April 03, 2015

On the design of testable systems, Rechtin provides us with several heuristics [Rechtin, 1991] -

To be tested, a system must be designed to be tested

This sounds self-evident, yet, within many architecture silos, a view persists that testability is the concern of development and testing teams. Are they missing . . .

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