Glencoe – a tool and a methodology to manage variability within the product development process
by Christian Bettinger; Georg Rock; Anna Schmitt
International Journal of Agile Systems and Management (IJASM), Vol. 12, No. 4, 2019

Abstract: Manufacturers of all business areas are faced with growing customer demands and the corresponding complexity of their products. The need to offer highly customised variants becomes obvious especially in the automotive industry. New car models and respective variants with configurable features are offered to customers in increasingly shorter intervals. However, the production costs are expected to remain stable. A known industry approved approach to systematically design customisable products at reasonable costs are multivariant product lines: product line engineers compose models describing common and distinctive product features as well as their dependencies. Subsequently these models constitute the basis for formal analyses and optimisations of the corresponding product lines. In this paper we address typical problems in this area and how the presented methodology handles these problems. The free to use web application Glencoe implements main parts of this methodology. It is shown how Glencoe can be employed in industrial practice.

Online publication date: Tue, 21-Jan-2020

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