Product line engineering

  What is product line engineering?
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Delivering efficiencies in design, development and deployment

Product line engineering (PLE) helps you design, develop, deliver, and evolve a portfolio of similar products, with variations in features and functions, through each stage of the systems and software development lifecycle from requirements to design, development and testing.

Product line engineering can help you:

IBM Rational and BigLever Software™ have teamed to provide a comprehensive product line engineering solution. Built upon the IBM solution for systems and software engineering and the BigLever(link resides outside of ibm.com) Gears software product line lifecycle framework, the solution combines industry leading technology, processes and best practices.

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Resources

Webcast

Product line engineering for System and Software

Podcast

Agile approaches for complex product development

Podcast

The future of requirements in agile product development

Analyst podcast

MWD Advisors: Product Line Engineering – Underwriting the ALM and PLM convergence

Video

BigLever: Consolidating processes for productivity, efficiency, and scalability

White paper

Linking business strategy to technical execution: Enabling the critical analysis necessary to deliver successful product lines

Webcast

Work Smarter not Harder – Tips and Tricks for Strategic Asset Reuse

Analyst report

MWD Advisors: Product Line Engineering – Underwriting the ALM and PLM convergence

Find product line engineering resources

Webcasts

Product line engineering for System and Software
This webcast provides insight into the latest advances in PLE, including first-hand experiences from successful large-scale PLE deployments by General Motors, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, HomeAway and Ikerlan/Alstom.

Ten point guide to streamlining product development with systems engineering
Systems engineering can help engineers see the big picture-- not just their small piece of the puzzle-- with the benefits of faster development, higher product quality, increased innovation and reduced risk. Attend this informal coffee-break style discussion and learn ten key ways that systems engineering can help streamline product development.

Podcasts

Agile approaches for complex product development

Bola RotibiCompanies are increasingly looking to agile methods to cut risk, improve quality and increase flexibility in complex product development. But what approaches really work and what benefits can adopters expect to obtain? In this podcast, analyst Bola Rotibi of analysts Creative Intellect Consulting discusses the applicability of Agile approaches to embedded software and complex systems development, drawing upon the results of an in-depth cross-industry study conducted at the end of 2012. Speakers, Bola Rotibi and Jonathon Chard.

The future of requirements in agile product development

Keith CollyerCompanies are increasingly looking to agile methods to cut risk, improve quality and increase flexibility in complex product development. But how do you handle requirements in this brave new world of user stories, backlogs, iterations and burndown? In this podcast Keith Collyer discusses how requirements management and traceability must evolve as vital aspects of agile systems engineering and software development processes.

What is product line engineering?

Greg Gorman Nicole KatranaIBM Rational offers an integrated life cycle solution for variation management while providing technology, best practices and tools to design, develop and deliver a product line in a more efficient and automated fashion. Greg Gorman and Nicole Katrana, speakers.

Videos

Consolidating processes for productivity, efficiency and scalability

Watch the videoCharles Krueger of BigLever Software speaks about how his company integrates IBM Rational tools into its framework. It uses Rational tools to consolidate processes into a single set of activities, reducing the duplication of efforts.

What is product line engineering?

Watch the videoHow IBM is helping you build smarter products and product lines. IBM Rational offers solutions to support each phase of the product line engineering (PLE) lifecycle. PLE is a methodology that lets you deliver and evolve entire product lines more efficiently.

White paper

Real-time agility: Core principles and practices for embedded-software teams
Introduces practical core principles and practices and shows how they improve project results for embedded-systems development

Linking business strategy to technical execution
Enabling the critical analysis necessary to deliver successful product lines. The key to success is having the right products and variants for the right markets at the right time. As software emerges as a primary differentiator for smarter products and systems, companies need to bridge the gap that exists between business planning and technical execution.

Analyst reports

MWD Advisors: Product line engineering — Underwriting ALM and PLM convergence
Companies across a spectrum of industries have embraced systems and software product line engineering (PLE) to address these challenges. IBM Rational and BigLever Software have joined forces to offer an innovative and pragmatic PLE solution that enables organizations to overcome these complexities and speed the delivery of new products and features—while dramatically reducing the cost and effort required to create, maintain and evolve their entire product line.

Case studies

Laminar Medica cuts product development time and costs by 25 percent
IBM Rational Focal Point software centralizes product data and competitive intelligence. Laminar Medica uses IBM Rational Focal Point software to create a companywide resource for competitive intelligence that supports market-driven product development and more-informed portfolio decisions.

IBM optimizes product development with IBM Rational ClearQuest
IBM Rational ClearQuest software improves efficiency with common configuration and change management. Global IT service provider develops management process with reduced operational time and cost by selecting IBM Rational Software to streamline its software development methodology.

Jaguar Land Rover cuts software validation time by up to 90 percent
IBM Rational software helps manage near-real-time requirements updates for its developers worldwide. Jaguar Land Rover implements a suite of IBM Rational software to create a new requirements management and modeling system, reducing software validation time by up to 90 percent and cutting bug-cause detection time by up to 90 percent.

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