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A cost model for software product lines

: Böckle, G.; Clements, P.; McGregor, J.D.; Muthig, D.; Schmid, K.

Fifth International Workshop on Product Family Engineering 2003, PFE-5. Proceedings
Siena, 2003
7 S. : Ill., Lit.
International Workshop on Product Family Engineering (PFE) <5, 2003, Siena>
Fraunhofer IESE ()
cost model; cost-benefit analysis; product families; product line economics; product line; return on investment; reuse economic models; reuse economic

In this paper we present a first-order cost model that describes the costs associated with developing products in a product line organization. The model addresses a number of issues that we present as a set of scenarios. The goal of this work is to develop models of varying granularity that support a manager's decision-making needs at a variety of levels. The basis of these models is the relationships among the artifacts of the product line.