RT Journal Article
JF 2011 15th International Software Product Line Conference (SPLC 2011)
TI Re-engineering of a Hierarchical Product Line
A1 Jörg Bartholdt,
A1 Detlef Becker,
K1 Software Product Lines
AB 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.
PB IEEE Computer Society, [URL:http://www.computer.org]