Product Line Engineering

What is Product Line Engineering?

Product Line Engineering (PLE) for Systems and Software is a way to engineer a portfolio of related products in an efficient manner, taking full advantage of the products’ similarities while respecting and managing their differences. By "engineer", we mean all of the activities involved in planning, producing, delivering, deploying, sustaining, and retiring products.

PLE works by considering a portfolio as a single entity to be managed, as opposed to a multitude of separate products to be managed individually. This brings a factory perspective to systems and software engineering, which delivers order-of-magnitude improvements in engineering cost, time to market, productivity, product line scalability, and product quality.

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State of the Industry: Second Generation PLE

Evolving from its early first generation roots, Second Generation PLE (2GPLE) is a first-class engineering practice centered on a strong factory paradigm. This innovative, yet pragmatic, approach is experiencing mainstream adoption across industry sectors, in organizations from small to some of the largest in the world.

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Why is PLE Important?

PLE is important because organizations that practice it are experiencing remarkable strategic business and technical benefits. Examples of benefits include faster time to market (up to 10x), reduced cost for building and delivering a product (up to 10x), increased product line scalability (up to 5x), and increased product quality (up to 10x).

 

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About this Website

This website provides an overview and a collection of informational resources regarding 2GPLE. You can learn about basic PLE concepts, explore how PLE works and the key benefits offered by 2GPLE approaches, review notable PLE success stories, and discover approaches for adopting PLE in your organization.

 

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