Experiences with a Wiki to Support Architectural Knowledge Sharing

  • Farenhorst R
  • Vliet H
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Wikis are becoming increasingly popular knowledge management systems in both software engineering research and practice. In this experience paper we explore the applicability of wikis in the software architecting process, a process which is knowledge-intensive in nature. To this end we report on our experiences with creating and using a wiki environment in the architecture department of a large organization. Next we compare this wiki to existing tools for architectural knowledge management. It turns out that whereas existing tools are stronger in codifying specific architectural knowledge concepts, a wiki prevails as versatile and all-round knowledge management environment. To assist researchers and practitioners in setting up such an environment, we conclude this paper by proposing a number of dos and donts for wiki usage in the software architecting process.

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  • Rik Farenhorst

  • Hans Van Vliet

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