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Software Product Lines - eLearning

A software product line is a set of software-reliant systems that share a common, managed set of features satisfying a particular market or mission area, and are built from a common set of core assets in a prescribed way. Producing a set of related products as a product line has allowed organizations to achieve increased quality and significant reductions in cost and time to market. But adopting a product line approach to software is both a technical and a business decision that involves many challenges.

  • What are the costs and benefits of a product line approach for your organization?
  • How do you manage the production and use of core assets across the product line?
  • How do you get a handle on the software engineering, technical management, and organizational management issues associated with software product line engineering?
  • How do you structure your organization to coordinate the production of core assets and products?
  • What are your organization's particular strengths and challenges with respect to a product line approach?
  • How do software product lines relate to other current technology and business trends?

This 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. This course, which is also included in the SEI Software Architecture Curriculum, is based on the book Software Product Lines: Practices and Patterns

The goal of this course is for participants to understand the fundamental concepts and practices involved in software product lines.

Learners will have three months to complete the course. Upon completing all course elements, the learner is awarded an electronic certificate of course completion and 1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).


  • software engineers and technical managers who are interested in effective reuse strategies
  • software engineers and technical managers who are adopting or using a software product line approach


This course provides attendees with a thorough overview of software product lines including

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


  • 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

Software Product Lines e-Learning will require a minimum of 12 hours of study time. Once registered, learners will be granted 24-hour-a-day access to the course material for three months.

Learners can proceed through the course at their convenience and can review and repeat individual sections as often as needed. Self-assessments included in the course may be repeated as often as needed.


  • Recorded instruction presented by SEI instructors
  • 11 hours of video training sessions with transcripts
  • Case studies for analysis and recommendation
  • Self-assessments following each module
  • Course slides available for download

This course is presented in the form of video-recorded training sessions that were presented by SEI instructors to a classroom of students representing a variety of industries.

The case studies included with the course explore and reinforce the concepts taught and how they can be successfully applied. Each case is derived from an actual application of the SEI software product lines technology.

Self-assessments following each module assist in the learner's thorough comprehension of specific subject matter.


Before registering for this course, participants must have

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

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

Before beginning this course, the learner must acquire a copy of the text book: Software Product Lines: Practices and Patterns. The textbook can be purchased through the following link:

To access the SEI Learning Portal, your computer must have the following:

  • For optimum viewing, we recommend using the following browsers: Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari
  • These browsers are supported on the following operating systems: Microsoft Windows 8 (or higher), OSX (Last two major releases), Most Linux Distributions
  • Mobile Operating Systems: iOS 9, Android 6.0
  • Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Chrome and Safari follow a continuous release policy that makes difficult to fix a minimum version. For this reason, following the market recommendation we will support the last 2 major version of each of these browsers. Please note that as of January 2018, we do not support Safari on Windows.

This is an eLearning course.

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Course Fees [USD]

  • eLearning: $500.00


Your access period will begin once you have been added to the SEI Learning Portal and launch the course.

If you wish to purchase this course for a group of learners, please email or telephone at +1 412-268-1817 for group rate details.

Course Questions?

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FAX: 412-268-7401

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