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Basic Concepts of Product Line Practice for the DoD

  • Abstract

    Industrial experience demonstrates clearly that a product line approach for software-intensive systems can save money and result in faster time to field higher quality systems. Many within the Department of Defense (DoD) recognize the benefits of product lines, but also recognize that there are significant challenges to adopting this approach. Many of these challenges stem from the fact that the DoD is in the business of acquiring systems rather than developing them. 

    The Product Line Systems Program is publishing a series of technical notes designed to condense knowledge about product line acquisition practices into a concise and usable form for the DoD acquisition manager and practitioner.

    This technical note provides background information about product lines to serve as a foundation for other technical notes in this series. Key terms, concepts, and benefits of a product line approach are given. Additionally, concepts of product line acquisition in a DoD context are discussed.

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SEI

Bergey, John; Fisher, Matthew; Gallagher, Brian; Jones, Lawrence; & Northrop, Linda. Basic Concepts of Product Line Practice for the DoD. CMU/SEI-2000-TN-001. Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. 2000. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=5077

IEEE

Bergey. John, Fisher. Matthew, Gallagher. Brian, Jones. Lawrence, and Northrop. Linda, "Basic Concepts of Product Line Practice for the DoD," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Note CMU/SEI-2000-TN-001, 2000. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=5077

APA

Bergey, John., Fisher, Matthew., Gallagher, Brian., Jones, Lawrence., & Northrop, Linda. (2000). Basic Concepts of Product Line Practice for the DoD (CMU/SEI-2000-TN-001). Retrieved September 27, 2016, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=5077

CHI

John Bergey, Matthew Fisher, Brian Gallagher, Lawrence Jones, & Linda Northrop. Basic Concepts of Product Line Practice for the DoD (CMU/SEI-2000-TN-001). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2000. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=5077

MLA

Bergey, John., Fisher, Matthew., Gallagher, Brian., Jones, Lawrence., & Northrop, Linda. 2000. Basic Concepts of Product Line Practice for the DoD (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2000-TN-001). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=5077

BibTex

@techreport{BergeyBasicConcepts2000,
title={Basic Concepts of Product Line Practice for the DoD},
author={John Bergey and Matthew Fisher and Brian Gallagher and Lawrence Jones and Linda Northrop},
year={2000},
number={CMU/SEI-2000-TN-001},
institution={Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University},
address={Pittsburgh, PA},
url={http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=5077} }