Over the last decade, software product line engineering (SPLE) has emerged as one of the most promising software development paradigms for increasing productivity in IT-related industries. Detailing the various aspects of SPLE implementation in different domains, Applied Software Product Line Engineering documents best practices with regard to system development.
Expert contributors from academia and industry come together and focus on core asset development, product development, and management, addressing the process, technical, and organizational issues needed to meet the growing demand for information. They detail the adoption and diffusion of SPLE as a primary software development paradigm and also address technical and managerial issues in software product line engineering. Providing an authoritative perspective of the latest research and practice in SLPE, the text:
Presents in-depth discussions and many industry / case studies
Covers applications in various domains including automotive, business process management, and defense
Organized according to the organizational, process, and technical aspects of software product lines within an organization
Provides the expertise of a distinguished panel of global contributors
Ever-increasing global competition coupled with a fragile world economy means that the pressure is on for software engineers and software process improvement professionals to find ways to meet the needs of expanding markets—with greater efficiency and effectiveness. This book arms readers with the insight needed to harness the power of SPLE to increase productivity, reduce time to market, and to handle the growing diversity in the quickly evolving global marketplace.
Review By: Ann E. Drinkwater 10/27/2010As the title suggests, this material is mostly geared towards technical readers with engineering backgrounds. Readers in management and business process roles could also benefit, but may utilize the material in a different manner. The book contains a number of chapters on organizational and managerial issues followed by methodologies and processes, technical issues, and industry experiences and case studies.
There are many contributing writers in this book, which make the material more of a summary of software product line engineering practices versus specific practical applications. There are case studies that combine and apply the concepts throughout. However, due to the sheer volume of topics, this is a difficult endeavor. Significant research went into the creation of this book and most of the topics will require the reader to conduct further research. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, just something of which the reader should be aware.
I would like to have seen additional summary and takeaway sections. Most chapters have a summary section, but not all. For those that do, they are very condensed. It would be nice to see bullet points and specific techniques for application. Because each chapter was written by a different author, the style and viewpoints differ throughout. This can make already complex topics even more difficult. With the size of this material and the organization of content, I think I'd personally invest in other material focused either on business/management or technical procedures. Overall I think the book’s material adds value but could be better organized, focused, and targeted. It would be a good reference material to use for the diagrams and concepts.
With degrees in organizational leadership and development and technology management, I completely appreciate and can relate to the focus on organizational dynamics and readiness for technology projects. In this book, the authors cover the organization’s readiness to accept alternative approaches as well as the importance of how to structure software products for reuse. The authors highlight the fact that creating software products requires us to:
Change the way people think about system building
Institute new practices and procedures
Design new organizational interfaces
Specific areas I found useful and applicable in my role of project, product, and program management include:
The IDEAL model for managing change
The balanced scorecard
The product management pyramid
The out-of-the-box development model
Security services for application systems
Discussions on business process management
Applied Software Product Line Engineering offers best practices and productivity improvements tips for designing software products.