About the Webinar
Today’s economic climate challenges organizations to deliver
feature-rich software-reliant products at an ever faster pace – and
with fewer resources to do so. For organizations who build multiple
similar products or systems, software product lines can help
dramatically. Developing software in product lines can shorten
development cycles, improve return on software investments, improve
software system integration, and help organizations respond quickly and
effectively to market opportunities with far fewer resources. With a
product line approach to software development, building a new product
or system becomes more a matter of assembly or generation than
creation, of integration rather than programming.
software product lines was inspired by the proven benefits of product
line approaches in manufacturing, buoyed by the advent of object and
component technology. Carnegie Mellon’s Software Engineering Institute
has been a leader in developing a body of knowledge and a set of
standard models for software product lines. Service-oriented and
model-driven approaches, as well as developments in collaborative
philosophies and environments, are extending the power of product line
practice in exciting new ways.
In this webinar, Linda Northrop
will describe the basic concepts of software product lines, summarize
the software engineering and management practices needed for a product
line approach, highlight reports from companies enjoying the benefits
of product line practice, and relate software product lines to other
technology and business trends.
About the Speaker
Northrop is director of the Research, Technology, and Systems Solution
Program at the Software Engineering Institute where she leads the work
in architecture-centric engineering, software product lines, systems of
systems, and ultra-large scale systems. She is coauthor of Software
Product Lines: Practices and Patterns. Under her leadership, the SEI
has developed software architecture and product line methods that are
used worldwide, a series of five highly acclaimed books, and software
architecture and software product line curricula that include 11
courses and six certificate programs.
Before joining the SEI, she
was associated with both the United States Air Force Academy and the
State University of New York as professor of computer science, and with
both Eastman Kodak and IBM as a software engineer.