Why Would a Company Choose Not to Build an Evolutionary Architecture?

We don’t believe that evolutionary architecture is the cure for all ailments! Companies have several legitimate reasons to pass on these ideas.

Can’t evolve a ball of mud

One of the key “-ilities” architects neglect is feasibility — should the team undertake this project? If an architecture is a hopelessly coupled Big Ball of Mud, making it possible to evolve it cleanly will take an enormous amount of work — likely more than rewriting it from scratch. Companies loath throwing anything away that has perceived value, but often rework is more costly than rewrite.

How can companies tell if they’re in this situation? The first step to converting an existing architecture into an evolvable one is modularity. Thus, a developer’s first task requires finding whatever modularity exists in the current system and restructuring the architecture around those discoveries. Once the architecture becomes less entangled, it becomes easier for architects to see underlying structures and make reasonable determinations about the effort needed for restructuring.

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