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What Our Instructors Say

If you thought software reuse was solely about software, this course will change your mind. There's also a business context for reuse that's often overlooked by engineers. In Software Product Lines, you'll learn, through examples and case studies, how technical practices like architecture and component development are supported by organizational practices like creating a business case and a concept of operations.

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Pat Donohoe is a senior member of the technical staff at the SEI.

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Who Should Attend

This is an introductory course in software product lines. It is designed for software engineers and technical managers who are interested in effective reuse strategies and software engineers and technical managers who are adopting or using a software product line approach. 

The course is based on the book Software Product Lines: Practices and Patterns. Completion of this course fulfills a training requirement for three SEI certificate programs: Software Product Line Professional, Product Line Technical Probe (PLTP) Team Member, and PLTP Leader.

Course Overview

This two-day course introduces the world of software product lines and the basic concepts behind it. The course also provides an overview of the essential technical and management practices needed to succeed with software product lines, as well as case studies, guidelines, and patterns for applying product line techniques.

In particular, the course addresses  

  • fundamental concepts of software product lines 
  • the costs and benefits of using a product line approach 
  • essential product line activities
  • software product line practice areas 
  • software product line practice patterns 
  • the SEI Product Line Technical Probe (PLTP) 
  • case studies of organizations that have achieved success with software product lines
  • a phased approach for adopting software product lines


Before registering for this course, you must have

  • experience in designing and developing software-reliant systems
  • some familiarity with modern software engineering concepts and management practices

In addition, we recommend an understanding of basic software architecture concepts. You can gain this understanding by completing the Software Architecture: Principles and Practices course, which is available as instructor-led classroom training and as eLearning.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this course, you will be able to

  • explain the essential activities involved in fielding software product lines
  • understand the costs and benefits of adopting a product line approach
  • apply the software engineering, technical management, and organizational management practices necessary for achieving successful software product lines
  • understand product line practice patterns that aid in product line adoption
  • apply a product line diagnostic method and an adoption roadmap
  • understand how a product line approach can be combined with other technology and business trends
  • select the product line practice patterns that best apply to your organization
  • form a path to software product line adoption 

Course Environment

We deliver Software Product Lines as a classroom, learner-driven, or customer-site course. Through each delivery means, you can expect case studies and hands-on examples. Classroom and onsite participants also engage in group work and have opportunity for ongoing, individualized Q&A with our instructors.

In a classroom course, your classmates will come from a range of government agencies and industry sectors, each one bringing a unique perspective to enhance the learning process. Your registration entitles you to a copy of lecture slides, exercises, and the book Software Product Lines: Practices and Patterns. The two-day classroom version meets from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (ET) daily.

The eLearning version is a multimedia product that you can fit into your schedule. With this version, you will receive expert instruction in a rich educational experience Your registration for this eLearning version gives you access to the multimedia content for three months. You'll need to purchase the textbook for this version.

More About This eLearning Course

The SEI can deliver this course at customer sites by special arrangement.

Course Outline

Download the Software Product Lines course outline.

Training Justification Letter

Download our training justification letter template. This letter can be tailored to help you make a case to your manager for taking this course.

What Course Attendees Say

Related Certificates and Courses

This course is required in three SEI professional certificate programs:

Software Architecture Professional Certificate

Learn Three Key Areas of Knowledge

1 Software Architecture Fundamentals

2 Design and Analysis Concepts and Methods

3 Architecture Documentation

SEI Training Logistics

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For public courses at an SEI training center

  • Your registration fee includes materials, continental breakfast, lunch, and breaks.
  • Check-in and breakfast begin 1/2 hour before the course begins.
  • The dress code for the course is casual/casual business attire.
  • The SEI in Pittsburgh is a secure building. You'll receive a badge that must be worn visibly at all times while in the facility. For your convenience, prior to arrival, please review the SEI Security Policy for Course Attendees.
  • To arrange accommodations/services for disabilities, please contact us at or +1 412-268-7622 at least three weeks prior to the course start date.

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Where to stay

  • We've reserved a block of rooms at the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center, 100 Lytton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15213. The hotel will hold these rooms until three weeks prior to the course.
  • For reservations, please contact the hotel directly at +1 412-682-6200 and confirm that you are speaking with In-House reservations. To receive the SEI group rate or the government rate, please mention the course title and date. Please note: You must make reservations by phone in order to receive the SEI Group or Government special rates. These rates are not available when making reservations online.
  • The Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center offers complimentary shuttle service to the SEI and anywhere within three miles of the hotel. For more information, please contact the hotel concierge.
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If you need to transfer your registration to a different SEI course

You may transfer your registration fees from one SEI course offering to another that occurs within 12 months. Just email us a request to or FAX it to 412-268-7401. For a first transfer, there's no charge if you make your request no less than three weeks before the course date. Within three week, you'll be charged a $50 fee.

If you need to send a substitute to the course you registered for

If you are unable to attend the course you registered for, you may send a qualified colleague in your place for most SEI courses. To request a substitution, email with the following information:

  • Name of the original attendee
  • Name/email address of substitute attendee
  • Title and date of course

We'll email the substitute attendee will receive a confirmation.

If you have to cancel your registration

Email cancellation requests to SEI Course Registration at or FAX to 412-268-7401.

If we have to cancel your course

If we have to cancel a course offering due to low enrollment, we'll offer you the choice of a refund of the registration fee, transfer to a different date of the same course, or transfer to a different SEI course of equal price.

Our refund policy

We'll issue a refund for

  • written cancellations that we receive no less than three weeks before the course begins (less a $75.00 administrative fee)
  • course cancellations that we initiate

We cannot give a refund after the course begins or for a course missed to an act of God.

Train your team

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