Accession Number : ADA315802

Title :   A Case Study in Successful Product Line Development.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : CARNEGIE-MELLON UNIV PITTSBURGH PA SOFTWARE ENGINEERING INST

Personal Author(s) : Brownsword, Lisa ; Clements, Paul

PDF Url : ADA315802

Report Date : OCT 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 98

Abstract : A product line is a set of related systems that address a market segment. Building a product line out of a common set of core assets, as opposed to building each member system separately, epitomizes reuse. Although software technology is key to achieving a product line capability, organizational and process considerations are just as crucial. This report describes the experience of one company, CelsiusTech Systems AB of Sweden, that builds large, complex, embedded, real-time shipboard command- and-control systems as a product line, developed in common from a base set of core software and organizational assets. The report describes the changes that CelsiusTech had to make to its software, organizational, and process structures to redirect the company toward a product line approach that yielded substantial economic and marketplace benefits to the company.

Descriptors :   *COMPUTER PROGRAMS, *REAL TIME, *CASE STUDIES, *COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, *SHIPBOARD, ORGANIZATIONS, MARKETING, ECONOMICS, COSTS, BENEFITS, SWEDEN.

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Marine Engineering
      Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE