Requirements Engineering

, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp 333–354 | Cite as

Requirements-driven incremental adoption of variability management techniques and tools: an industrial experience report

  • Mahdi DerakhshanmaneshEmail author
  • Joachim Fox
  • Jürgen Ebert
Requirements Engineering in Software Product Lines


In theory, software product line engineering has reached a mature state. In practice though, implementing a variability management approach remains a tough case-by-case challenge for any organization. To tame the complexity of this undertaking, it is inevitable to handle variability from multiple perspectives and to manage variability consistently across artifacts, tools, and workflows. Especially, a solid understanding and management of the requirements to be met by the products is an inevitable prerequisite. In this article, we share experiences from the ongoing incremental adoption of explicit variability management at TRW Automotive’s department for automotive slip control systems—located in Koblenz, Germany. On the technical side, the three key drivers of this adoption effort are (a) domain modeling and scoping, (b) handling of variability in requirements and (c) tighter integration of software engineering focus areas (e.g., domain modeling, requirements engineering, architectural modeling) to make use of variability-related data. In addition to implementation challenges with using and integrating concrete third-party tools, social and workflow-related issues are covered as well. The lessons learned are presented, discussed, and thoroughly compared with the state of the art in research.


Features Incremental adoption Requirements Reuse Software product lines Tool integration 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mahdi Derakhshanmanesh
    • 1
    Email author
  • Joachim Fox
    • 2
  • Jürgen Ebert
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Software TechnologyUniversity of Koblenz–LandauKoblenzGermany
  2. 2.Lucas Varity GmbHTRW AutomotiveKoblenzGermany

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