Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE credits
With this master thesis, the authors wanted to verify if Modular Function Deployment (MFD) was applicable to other areas of knowledge than the traditional production industry. Namely, the authors tried to see if the benefits arising from MFD (more flexible and rational product structure) could be transposed to services and/or IT development. More specifically, the authors hope to provide a novel more systematic approach to software architecture when developers are confronted to new challenges and that there are no pre-existing solutions available. In order to verify the hypothesis that MFD can be extended to other domains of expertise, the authors realized a case-study with company Z, who commercializes a sports book solution for online betting.
Due to the short timespan available for this study, the authors decided to only verify whether the first two steps of MFD, voice of the customer and voice of the engineer, could be successfully implemented in software architecture. This gave rise to two objectives: 1) give the company another input on how to target the different market segments and 2) give the company another input regarding their product’s architecture.
The authors first researched the actual literature on modularization and software architecture. Then they followed the procedure described in the first two steps of MFD with a few modifications to better suit the needs of software. Most of the data was gathered through meetings of the authors’ design and this information was then inserted in PALMATM, a piece of software for applying MFD.
The results consist of graphs and tables provided by PALMATM following the data inserted in it. The method successfully indicated distinct approaches for each of the market segments targeted by company Z. The results regarding the second objective were more mitigated.
The application of MFD to software architecture seems promising. With this paper, the authors suggested a new more systematic way to approach software architecture that could prove to be an interesting alternative when considering one-of-a-kind problems or problems that cannot be answered by existing solutions. However, work still has to be done regarding the remaining three steps of MFD.
2014. , 65 p.