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Issue No. 03 - May/June (2010 vol. 27)
ISSN: 0740-7459
pp: 22-28
Linda M. Northrop , Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
Lawrence G. Jones , Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
ABSTRACT
Many organizations are attracted to the well-documented benefits of a software product line approach. However, many would-be adoptors encounter difficulty in implementation. We share insights based on 15 years of experience collaborating with a large number of organizations and using our diagnostic, the Software Engineering Institute's Product Line Technical Probe. We've examined a variety of government and commercial organizations, ranging in size from less than 50 people to global corporations. Based on these results, we characterize two strategic pitfalls that repeatedly occur: failure to recognize that a software product line approach is a business and technical strategy, and failure to manage the unique aspects of governance for a product line and roll it out appropriately. We provide a set of diagnostic questions and remedies for problems related to these failures. We also provide additional downfalls that tend to occur in either engineering-based or developer-focused organizations.
INDEX TERMS
software product lines, software product line adoption
CITATION
Linda M. Northrop, Lawrence G. Jones, "Clearing the Way for Software Product Line Success", IEEE Software, vol. 27, no. , pp. 22-28, May/June 2010, doi:10.1109/MS.2010.71
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