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BigLever White Paper: Multistage Configuration for Managing Product Family Trees
It is not unusual for commercial product line organizations to manufacture millions of product instances every year, in thousands of different “flavors”. The scale and scope of diversity in product lines of this size can be high, creating significant challenges to engineers implementing the product line, product marketers defining the space of available products, and customers selecting from available products.
Companies often organize their products into a product family tree to provide clarity about their product groupings and offerings, better enabling their customers to effectively navigate among the huge number of offerings and to efficiently converge on a suitable product instance.
This white paper describes a Product Line Engineering (PLE) feature modeling structure called a multistage configuration tree that supports the engineering, deployment and maintenance of complex product family trees. Feature selections and downselections are incrementally staged throughout the nodes in a product family tree. Feature decisions made at any node are inherited by all descendants of that node, thereby defining a product family subtree.
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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...