Variability-Based Release Planning

Document type: Conference Papers
Peer reviewed: Yes
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Author(s): Samuel Fricker, Susanne Schumacher
Title: Variability-Based Release Planning
Conference name: Second International Conference on Software Business
Year: 2011
ISBN: 978-3-642-21543-8
Publisher: Springer
City: Brussels, Belgium
ISI number: 000291964600015
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Computing (Sektionen för datavetenskap och kommunikation)
School of Computing S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
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Language: English
Abstract: A release plan defines the short-term evolution of a software product in terms of development project scope. In practice, release planning is often based on just fragmentarily defined requirements. Current release planning approaches, however, assume that a requirements catalogue is available in the form of a complete flat list of requirements. This very early commitment to detail reduces the flexibility of a product manager when planning product development. This paper explores how variability modeling, a software product line technique, can be used to plan, communicate, and track the evolution of a single software. Variability modeling can reduce the number of decisions required for release planning and reduce the information needed for communicating with stakeholders. An industrial case motivates and exemplifies the approach.
Subject: Software Engineering\General
Keywords: release planning, variability, features.
Note: conference proceedings published by Springer as a volume in Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP) series