Similarity Analysis within Product Line Scoping: An Evaluation of a Semi-automatic Approach

  • Markus Nöbauer
  • Norbert Seyff
  • Iris Groher
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8484)


Introducing a product line approach in an organization requires a systematic scoping phase to decide what products and features should be included. Product line scoping is a non-trivial activity and traditionally consumes a lot of time and resources. This issue highlights the need to complement traditional scoping activities with semi-automatic approaches that allow to initially estimate the potential for reuse with small efforts. In this paper we present an evaluation of a tool-supported approach that enables the semi-automatic analysis of existing products in order to calculate their similarity. This approach is tailored to be used within the configuration-based systems domain, where we have used it to identify similarity within two types of industrial standard software products. The results of this evaluation highlight that our approach provides accurate results and leads to time savings compared to manual similarity analysis.


Domain Expert Software Product Line Business Area Enterprise Resource Planning Product Configuration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Markus Nöbauer
    • 1
  • Norbert Seyff
    • 2
  • Iris Groher
    • 3
  1. 1.InsideAx GmbHLinzAustria
  2. 2.University of ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  3. 3.Johannes Kepler University (JKU)LinzAustria

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