iSAQB® Software Architecture Foundation


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iSAQB® Software Architecture Foundation

CPSA-F® Exam Study Guide

About the Book

This book serves as study guide for the iSAQB e.V. CPSA-F (Certified Professional for Software Architecture - Foundation Level) examination.

  • explains the CPSA-Foundation curriculum in version 2021.1
  • covers every learning goal - for best-possible exam preparation
  • describes the examination process
  • contains dozens of sample examination questions
  • contains an extensive glossary of important terms

It explains many (examination-relevant) fundamentals, and assumes working knowledge and experience in practical software development.

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About the Authors

Gernot Starke
Gernot Starke

Dr. Gernot Starke (INNOQ Fellow) is co-founder and longstanding user of the (open source) arc42 documentation template. For more than 20 years, he has been working as software-architect, coach and consultant, conquering the challenges of creating effective software architectures for clients from various industries.

Gernot co-founded the International Software Architecture Qualification Board (iSAQB e.V.) and the (open source) Architecture Improvement Method (

Gernot has authored several (German) books on software architecture and related topics.

Table of Contents

    • Quick Overview
      • Upcoming (print) book
  • Part I: Introduction
      • About Software Architecture
      • About this book
      • About iSAQB
      • About Certification
      • iSAQB Foundation
      • iSAQB Examination Overview
      • Preparation for the Foundation-Level Examination
  • Part II: CPSA-F Learning Goals explained
      • How Learning-Goals are explained
      • List of Learning Goals
    • CPSA-F Chapter 1: Basic Concepts of Software Architecture
      • LG 1-1: Definitions of Software Architecture
      • LG 1-2: Goals and Benefits of Software Architecture
      • LG 1-3: Software Architecture in the Software Lifecycle
      • LG 1-4: Software architects’ tasks and responsibilities
      • LG 1-5: Software architects and other stakeholders
      • LG 1-6: Development approach and software architecture
      • LG 1-7: Short- and long-term goals
      • LG 1-8: Explicit statements versus implicit assumptions
      • LG 1-9: Software architects in the greater architectural context
      • LG 1-10: Types of IT systems
      • LG 1-11: Distributed systems
    • CPSA-F Chapter 2: Design and Development of Software Architectures
      • LG 2-1 Approaches and heuristics for architecture development
      • LG 2-2: Design software architectures
      • LG 2-3: Influencing factors and constraints
      • LG 2-4: Cross-cutting concepts
      • LG 2-5: Patterns
      • LG 2-6: Design principles
      • LG 2-7: Managing Dependencies
      • LG 2-8: Achieve Quality Requirements
      • LG 2-9: Design and Define Interfaces
    • CPSA-F Chapter 3: Specification and Communication of Software Architectures
      • LG 3-1: Quality Requirements for Technical Documentation
      • LG 3-2: Describe and Communicate Software Architectures
      • LG 3-3: Models and Notations to Describe Software Architectures
      • LG 3-4: Architectural Views
      • LG 3-5: Context View
      • LG 3-6: Document Cross-cutting Concepts
      • LG 3-7: Describe Interfaces
      • LG 3-8: Document Architectural Decisions
      • LG 3-9: Documentation as Written Communication
      • LG 3-10: Resources and Tools for Documentation
    • CPSA-F Chapter 4: Software Architecture and Quality
      • LG 4-1: Quality Models and Quality Characteristics
      • LG 4-2: Clarify Quality Requirements
      • LG 4-3: Qualitative analysis
      • LG 4-4: Quantitative Evaluation
    • CPSA-F Chapter 5: Examples of Software Architecture
      • LG 5-1: From Requirements to Solution
      • LG 5-2: Rationale of a Technical Implementation
  • Part III: Background
      • Additional Patterns
      • Appropriateness: It Always Depends…
  • Part IV: Moving On
      • Advanced Level Modules
      • Advanced Level Certification
  • Part V: Appendices
    • Appendix A: About the Authors
    • Appendix B: Glossary of Terms
    • Appendix C: References and Further Reading
  • Notes

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