am 27. Oktober 2006
The authors, members of the highly respected SEI staff, compiled their experience on their own ATAM method into this practical book, which supersedes a huge number of SEI whitepapers and articles on ATAM.
If you plan to evaluate software architectures: Get the book, read and digest it and you will surely learn a lot to ease your task. You'll not learn everything, though! ATAM, as all evaluation methods, strongly relies on experience, both technical and business-related!
ATAM concentrates only on "documented" architectures, it does not take code or running software into account - which imho seriously lacks practicality.
The book gives some examples for evaluations - but those imho do not provide advice for your own evaluations, especially when it comes to scenario generation - maybe the author improve this in a future edition :-)
In my own reviews and audits I usually complement ATAM by other evaluation techniques, like code-inspections, document-reviews, interviews, risk-assessments or the like.
Sumamry: MUST-read for everybody who's involved in methodical architecture evaluation and review, whereas the ATAM method does imho not cover everythig you'll need for such tasks.