By doing analysis on architecture, the analysis provide information  to be able to act on for reducing risk. A sort of risk-mitigating methodology.

Common steps used to execute a analysis as per ATAM.

  1. Present the ATAM purpose.
  2. Present business drivers.
  3. Present the architecture.
  4. Identify architectural approaches.
  5. Generate quality attribute utility tree.
  6. Analyze architectural approaches.
  7. Brainstorm and prioritize scenarios.
  8. Analyze architectural approaches.
  9. Present results.

These steps are separated in two phases: Phase 1 consists of steps 1-6 and after this phase, the state and context of the project, the driving architectural requirements and the state of the architectural documentation are known. Phase 2 consists of steps 7-9 and finishes the evaluation.

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