Encyclopedia of Software Engineering Incorporates Second Generation Product Line Engineering as Key Discipline in Systems and Software Engineering

AUSTIN, Texas – November 18, 2013 BigLever Software™, the leading provider of systems and software product line engineering (PLE) solutions, today announced that the company's CEO, Dr. Charles Krueger, and Vice President of Customer Success, Dr. Paul Clements, are contributing authors for the latest edition of the Encyclopedia of Software Engineering published by the Taylor & Francis Group. Krueger and Clements were invited to co-author a chapter for the Encyclopedia entitled Systems and Software Product Line Engineering, which provides a comprehensive overview of the concepts, characteristics and state-of-the-art methods that are central to Second Generation Product Line Engineering (2GPLE) practice.

"I am delighted to welcome the outstanding contribution by Drs. Charles Krueger and Paul Clements of BigLever Software on Systems and Software Product Line Engineering," said Phillip Laplante, Editor of the Encyclopedia of Software Engineering. "Product Line Engineering is an important sub-discipline of both systems and software engineering where requirements engineering, architecture, design, testing and configuration management have to be treated differently than for single product engineering in order to capture the strategic benefits of reuse. Having these renowned thought leaders offering their insights on this important topic adds tremendous value to the Encyclopedia."

"The Encyclopedia represents our best body of knowledge about software engineering, so for PLE to be recognized as a significant, germane part of that body of knowledge is a notable milestone for the field," said Clements. "This is especially valuable for building awareness and understanding of 2GPLE as a well-codified, proven, and accepted engineering paradigm among a broader array of systems and software engineering organizations. We are honored to be part of the Encyclopedia and appreciate this acknowledgement of our role in formulating and maturing the 2GPLE approach."

Available in both print and digital formats, the two-volume Encyclopedia of Software Engineering provides professionals, researchers, managers, scholars, and students with access to the latest information regarding the important topics that encompass this ever-changing field. The Encyclopedia delivers incisive entries covering software requirements, design, construction, testing, maintenance, configuration management, quality control, and software engineering management tools and methods.

About Product Line Engineering

Systems and Software PLE is an approach to engineering a portfolio of related products in a highly efficient manner, taking full advantage of the products' similarities while respecting and managing their differences. 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 manufacturing 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.

2GPLE represents the current state-of-the-art in the PLE field, where the approach is no longer limited to focusing exclusively on software and software-based systems. Rather, it makes engineering assets from across the entire lifecycle – requirements, designs, test cases, user documentation, project plans, and more – first-class citizens, and encompasses not only software-based systems, but also systems in which software plays a diminished (or no) role. 2GPLE is experiencing mainstream adoption across many industry sectors, delivering strategic benefits to a spectrum of engineering organizations from small to the largest in the world.