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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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What Is a Software Product Line?

The three main goals of a software product line are to reduce cost, improve delivery time, and improve quality. A software product line is a “family of products designed to take advantage of their common aspects and predicted variabilities” (Weiss 1999).

Any organization that has many software systems will notice that many of those software systems have characteristics in common. When a set of systems has common characteristics, they are candidates to become part of a product family or product line. A product line has a set of core assets upon which a shared family of systems is built. Core assets include shared components, infrastructure, tools, process, documentation, and above all else, shared architecture. ...

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