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Software Product Line Conference, International (2011)
Munich, Germany
Aug. 22, 2011 to Aug. 26, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-7695-4487-8
pp: 232-240
Transition from a classic platform reuse approach towards a product line engineering paradigm for existing products is demanding. Existing software design, substantial amount of code, an established development process, organizational set-up of teams and the mindset of involved people must be considered. These factors make the transition challenging compared to a green-field approach, where reusable assets are already developed in a product line spirit. We describe our experience during transitioning to a product line approach in the context of a healthcare imaging platform from the viewpoint of responsible domain engineering architects. Our primary focus is on re-engineering activities to introduce product line engineering practices to an existing legacy system. General product-line challenges not related to re-engineering are omitted in this paper. We recognize additional benefits when applying a hierarchical product line approach in our domain. We conclude with the factors that impact a successful transition to a product-line approach.
Re-engineering, Software Product Lines

J. Bartholdt and D. Becker, "Re-engineering of a Hierarchical Product Line," 2011 15th International Software Product Line Conference (SPLC 2011)(SPLC), Munich, 2011, pp. 232-240.
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