Beyond Reason: Uniting Intuition and Rationality in Software Architecture Decision Making

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Abstract

Intuition and rationality, or System 1 and System 2 when speaking more broadly, are two modes of cognitive processing that all humans use when making decisions. System 1 is a type of thinking that involves faster, more holistic forms of processing that tend to use fewer mental resources, whereas System 2 tends to be slower, more deliberate, and more mentally taxing. Both System 1 and System 2 have been shown to be beneficial in a number of decision making contexts. Although it is clear that both System 1 and System 2 have their place in decision making, how and when to use each processing style in software architecture design decision making is a question that remains largely unanswered. Therefore, our research aims to fill this gap by: (i) determining what is actually known from published research regarding the use of System 1 and System 2 in software architecture design decision making, (ii) evaluating System 1 and System 2 empirically in terms of software architecture decision making performance, and: (iii) developing and validating a decision support model to support the use of System 1 alongside System 2 in software architecture design decision making.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2019 IEEE International Conference on Software Architecture - Companion, ICSA-C 2019
Place of PublicationPiscataway
Pages275-282
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-7281-1876-5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 May 2019
EventIEEE International conference on software architecture (ICSA 2019) - Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 25 Mar 201929 Mar 2019
https://swk-www.informatik.uni-hamburg.de/~icsa2019/index.html

Conference

ConferenceIEEE International conference on software architecture (ICSA 2019)
Abbreviated titleICSA2019
CountryGermany
CityHamburg
Period25/03/1929/03/19
Internet address

Keywords

  • software architecture
  • software design decision making
  • intuition
  • rationality
  • System 1
  • System 2
  • dual-processing
  • dual-process
  • software design
  • decision making
  • oftware architecture

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    Pretorius, C. (2019). Beyond Reason: Uniting Intuition and Rationality in Software Architecture Decision Making. In Proceedings - 2019 IEEE International Conference on Software Architecture - Companion, ICSA-C 2019 (pp. 275-282). [8712379] Piscataway. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICSA-C.2019.00056