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Product line engineering. The state of the practice

: Birk, A.; Heller, G.; John, I.; Schmid, K.; Maßen, T. von der; Müller, K.


IEEE Software 20 (2003), No.6, pp.52-60 : Ill., Lit.
ISSN: 0740-7459
ISSN: 1937-4194
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IESE ()
software product line; requirements management; software architecture; software project management

Software product lines are powerful tools for ensuring quality, economic efficiency, and manageability of families of software systems. SPL is important for many companies in the software business, ranging from small start-ups to large industrial enterprises. However, SPL is also a challenging technology that's not always easy to implement and maintain. Members from five different organizations formed a work group that investigated and compared their SPL practices over a period of two and a half years. The group identified key practice areas including organization and support, balancing platform versus client interests, requirements engineering practices, and architecture. The investigation's results detail the SPL state of the practice.