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Practical Guide to Enterprise Architecture, A by Elias K. Jo, Vikas Sharan, James Linn, Michael E. Stevens, Scott W. Ambler, James McGovern

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History of Product Lines

The idea of product lines is not new. Eli Whitney created interchangeable parts for rifles in the 1880s to fill an order for ten thousand muskets for the U.S. government. He did this because only a handful of skilled machinists were available in Connecticut at the time. A few decades later, Henry Ford perfected the assembly line to create Model T cars. Ford's process was instrumental in achieving orders-of-magnitude increases in automobile productivity. He was able to provide a complex product at a relatively inexpensive price to the American public through increases in productivity.

The Manufacturing Metaphor

Before dropping everything and setting up an assembly line for creating software products, it should be noted ...

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