Systems and Software Product Line Engineering

Authored by: Charles Krueger , Paul Clements

Encyclopedia of Software Engineering

Print publication date:  November  2010
Online publication date:  November  2010

Print ISBN: 9781420059779
eBook ISBN: 9781351249270
Adobe ISBN:

10.1081/E-ESE-120048252

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Abstract

Systems and software product line engineering is a way to engineer a portfolio of related products in an efficient manner, taking full advantage of the products’ similarities while respecting and managing their differences. Considering a portfolio as a single entity to be managed, as opposed to a multitude of separate products to be managed, brings enormous efficiencies in production and maintenance; these efficiencies are delivering order-of-magnitude improvements in engineering cost, time to market, staff productivity, product line scalability, and quality. This entry defines and explores the concepts central to systems and software product line engineering and five key characteristics that are central to its modern practice.

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