A Framework for Software Product Line Practice, Version 5.0
Starting Versus Running a Product Line
Many of the practice areas in this framework are written from the point of view of describing an in-place product line capability. We recognize that the framework will be used to help an organization put that capability in place, and ramping up to a product line is, in many ways, different than running one on a day-to-day basis.
We felt it was important to describe the end or "steady state" so that readers could understand the goals of the product line approach. However, to address the issues of starting (rather than running) a product line effort, see the "Launching and Institutionalizing" practice area and the SEI Adoption Factory pattern [Northrop 2004a].