BigLever's Product Line Engineering Solution

BigLever's Product Line Engineering (PLE) solution has enabled leading-edge organizations across a spectrum of industries to make a smooth, efficient transition to PLE practice. The BigLever PLE solution delivers the following essential elements needed to fully leverage the latest PLE advances and realize the order-of-magnitude business and technical benefits provided by PLE.

Lifecycle Framework: The Gears PLE Lifecycle Framework™ provides a common set of PLE concepts and constructs that enable the integration of tools, assets and processes across each stage of the engineering lifecycle – from requirements and design to implementation, testing, maintenance, and evolution.

Methodology: The BigLever 3-Tiered Methodology™ provides a pragmatic tiered approach that allows organizations to utilize feature-based methods to manage product diversity and asset variation in an automated production system, capable of producing all "flavors" of the products in a product line with the touch of a single button.

Enterprise Transformation: Working in collaboration with business and technical leadershship, BigLever brings the proven expertise needed to enable its customer organizations to successfully navigate the PLE enterprise transformation process – from the initial adoption strategy and planning, to the roll-out across business units or functional teams, to the ongoing evolution.

Three Dimensions of a Product Line Engineering Solution

The following graphic illustrates how the different PLE concepts and constructs provided by Gears expand an organization's tools and processes – making them product line aware – across the three dimensions of distinct and synchronous PLE concerns that must be addressed in a complete PLE solution:

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Multi-product: The feature-based variation management and automated production line necessary to engineer and deliver the products in a product line are provided directly by the Gears feature model, variation point mechanism and product configurator.

Multi-discipline: The tools necessary to support the multiple engineering disciplines across the phases of PLE lifecycle are the same tools you use today, augmented by the Gears PLE Lifecycle Framework to provide consistent variation management and PLE operations.

Multi-baseline: Change management and configuration management for a product line are done on multiple evolving baselines of the PLE assets rather than on a multitude of individual product baselines.

For more information, see Product Line Engineering Solutions for Systems and Software.