Issue No. 03 - May/June (2010 vol. 27)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MS.2010.71
Linda M. Northrop , Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
Lawrence G. Jones , Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
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.
software product lines, software product line adoption
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