White Papers & Publications
Spotlighting the latest PLE advances.
BigLever White Paper: Product Line Engineering Comes to the Industrial Mainstream
Product Line Engineering (PLE) is the engineering of a portfolio of related products in an efficient manner, taking full and ongoing 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.
Born in the 1980s in the software field, but now having grown well beyond those early roots, PLE delivers significant technical and business benefits through the creation of a product line portfolio as a single entity with variation, as opposed to a multitude of separate products.
This white paper provides insight into the maturation of PLE into a repeatable, industrial-strength engineering discipline with an established pedigree of providing substantial improvements in development time, cost, and product quality, compared to traditional product-centric engineering approaches. It defines and explores the concepts central to modern PLE, and illustrates how PLE is being applied in two of the most challenging systems engineering domains of all: aerospace and defense, and automotive.
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BigLever’s PLE Spotlight
Reflections: INCOSE International Workshop 2023
The steady march of Feature-based Product Line Engineering (PLE) from the narrow field of early adopters into the broad mainstream of systems engineering practitioners was on full display at the INCOSE International Workshop (IW2023) in Torrance, California in...
On Display at IS2022: The Fast-Track Evolution of Product Line Engineering (PLE) into a Cornerstone Practice of Systems Engineering
CEO Perspective: Dr. Charles Krueger, CEO and Founder, BigLever Software Since the previous in-person gathering at INCOSE IS2019, important advances have been fueling the PLE fast-track trajectory, a trend I clearly observed at the recent IS2022. Driven by BigLever...
Product Line Processes in an Engineering Tool Ecosystem
In a product-centric environment, it’s common for the same engineering work to be repeated over and over - once for each product in the portfolio to which the work applies. Each time a new requirement is added, a software defect is corrected, or a test case is...
BigLever Announces the Addition of Sales Leader, Jim Browne, to Accelerate Market Expansion
AUSTIN, Texas – September 20, 2022 – BigLever Software, the long-standing leader in Product Line Engineering (PLE), announced today that Jim Browne has joined the organization in the role of Senior Director of Remote Sales. Browne, a veteran sales leader, brings...
BigLever and Vitech Collaborate to Offer Precision Digital Engineering™ Solution, Eliminating a Complexity that Plagues Product Line Systems Engineering
AUSTIN, Texas – May 31, 2022 - BigLever Software, the long-standing leader in Product Line Engineering (PLE) and Vitech, a leading global provider of Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) and digital engineering solutions, announced today the emergence of a...
BigLever Partners with Delligatti Associates to Help Enterprises Seamlessly Incorporate Leading Edge PLE Practices
AUSTIN, Texas - May 17 2022 - BigLever Software, a pioneer and long-standing leader in Feature-based Product Line Engineering (PLE), today announced that it has partnered with Delligatti Associates, an industry recognized thought leader and provider of Model-Based...