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Managing requirements specifications for product lines: An approach and industry case study
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Computing Science. (BAE Systems Hägglunds AB, Örnsköldsvik, Sweden)
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Computing Science.
BAE Systems Hägglunds AB, Örnsköldsvik, Sweden.
2009 (English)In: Journal of Systems and Software, ISSN 0164-1212, Vol. 82, no 3, 435-447 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Software product line development has emerged as a leading approach for software reuse. This paper describes an approach to manage natural-language requirements specifications in a software product line context. Variability in such product line specifications is modeled and managed using a feature model. The proposed approach has been introduced in the Swedish defense industry. We present a multiple-case study covering two different product lines with in total eight product instances. These were compared to experiences from previous projects in the organization employing clone-and-own reuse. We conclude that the proposed product line approach performs better than clone-and-own reuse of requirements specifications in this particular industrial context.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2009. Vol. 82, no 3, 435-447 p.
Keyword [en]
Software Engineering, Software Product Lines, Requirements Engineering
National Category
Computer Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-22891DOI: 10.1016/j.jss.2008.07.046OAI: diva2:218450
Available from: 2009-05-19 Created: 2009-05-19 Last updated: 2012-09-06Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Engineering Families of Software-Intensive Systems using Features, Goals and Scenarios
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Engineering Families of Software-Intensive Systems using Features, Goals and Scenarios
2007 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Over the last decade, software has become an integral part of many products with which it is not traditionally associated (e.g., automobiles, medical equipment, home appliances, etc.). This has led to problems in many organizations, since it has proved difficult to integrate software engineering processes with other engineering processes. To address the increased complexity and to coordinate their engineering efforts, many organizations working in such domains have therefore introduced systems engineering into their business processes.

Systems engineering is an interdisciplinary approach to system development. Teamwork is essential in developing complex systems, and systems engineering orchestrates this process throughout the lifespan of a system. The focus of systems engineering is on defining customer needs and required functionality, documenting requirements, synthesizing a design and validating the system. A problem with the traditional techniques of systems engineering is, however, that they provide inadequate support for achieving high levels of reuse between different projects.

In this dissertation, methods and tools with the overall purpose of providing an improved reuse infrastructure for systems engineering artifacts and their resulting detailed design artifacts are proposed. The proposed methods and tools are based on the software product-line approach, a reuse strategy which focuses on families of related systems that address particular market segments.

Studies have shown that if an empirical study does not report experiences from that which practitioners consider a “real” situation, results are likely to be ignored. Even though case studies cannot achieve the scientific rigor of formal experiments, case studies can provide enough information to decide if a specific technology will benefit a particular organization. To ensure industry-relevant research results, case studies on real development projects were chosen as the main vehicle for performing research.

This dissertation reports experiences from four empirical studies which were performed within the Swedish defense industry. The studies indicate that the proposed methods and tools indeed provide an improved reuse infrastructure, compared to the previously used methods and tools.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Datavetenskap, 2007. 35 p.
Report / UMINF, ISSN 0348-0542 ; 07.24
systems engineering, software product lines, requirements engineering, variability management, use case modeling, feature modeling
National Category
Computer Science
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-1447 (URN)978-91-7264-440-3 (ISBN)
Public defence
2007-12-14, MA121, MIT-huset, Umeå univeritet, Umeå, 13:15 (English)
Available from: 2007-11-22 Created: 2007-11-22 Last updated: 2009-09-08Bibliographically approved

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