14th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference (RE'06) (2006)
Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
Sept. 11, 2006 to Sept. 15, 2006
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/RE.2006.39
Mark-Oliver Reiser , Technische Universitat Berlin, Germany
Matthias Weber , DaimlerChrysler AG, Germany
<p>Feature trees are a well-established instrument for domain analysis and modeling. But for highly complex product families like a vehicle manufacturer?s product range - comprising well-above a thousand technical features - they become very large, and thus cumbersome and inflexible, especially when managing changes to the tree?s structure over a long time. Furthermore, a conflict of aims arises when using feature trees in large organizations: while a single global feature tree for the entire company is desirable, local amendments for individual units or projects are indispensable in practice.</p> <p>In this paper, we present a detailed description of this problem and show its great relevance to the automotive domain. We then provide a detailed definition of multi-level feature trees as a possible solution to the above problem. Finally, we describe scenarios how such multi-level feature trees can be put into practice and introduce a prototypical tool implementation of this concept.</p>
M. Reiser and M. Weber, "Managing Highly Complex Product Families with Multi-Level Feature Trees," 14th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference (RE'06)(RE), Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, 2006, pp. 149-158.