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Understanding the Product Life Cycle: Four Key Requirements Engineering Techniques
May/June 2006 (vol. 23 no. 3)
pp. 19-25
Christof Ebert, Alcatel

Requirements are the initial and basic building blocks combining processes in a product's life-cycle. The article describes a field study with data from 246 industry projects in the domains of software platforms, embedded systems and software applications. The study reveals that four life-cycle techniques must be used simultaneously to achieve tangible performance improvement measured by schedule adherence. Each technique is discussed using concrete, practical experiences.

This article is part of a special issue on requirements engineering.

Index Terms:
PLM, portfolio management, product management, project management, product life cycle, process improvement, requirements engineering
Citation:
Christof Ebert, "Understanding the Product Life Cycle: Four Key Requirements Engineering Techniques," IEEE Software, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 19-25, May-June 2006, doi:10.1109/MS.2006.88
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