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Thörn, Christer
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Thörn, C. (2010). Current state and potential of variability management practices in software-intensive SMEs: Results from a regional industrial survey. Information and Software Technology, 52(4), 411-421
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Current state and potential of variability management practices in software-intensive SMEs: Results from a regional industrial survey
2010 (English)In: Information and Software Technology, ISSN 0950-5849, E-ISSN 1873-6025, Vol. 52, no 4, p. 411-421Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Context

More and more, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are using software to augment the functionality of their products and offerings. Variability management of software is becoming an interesting topic for SMEs with expanding portfolios and increasingly complex product structures. While the use of software product lines to resolve high variability is well known in larger organizations, there is less known about the practices in SMEs.

Objective

This paper presents results from a survey of software developing SMEs. The purpose of the paper is to provide a snapshot of the current awareness and practices of variability modeling in organizations that are developing software with the constraints present in SMEs.

Method

A survey with questions regarding the variability practices was distributed to software developing organizations in a region of Sweden that has many SMEs. The response rate was 13% and 25 responses are used in this analysis.

Results

We find that, although there are SMEs that develop implicit software product lines and have relatively sophisticated variability structures for their solution space, the structures of the problem space and the product space have room for improvement.

Conclusions

The answers in the survey indicate that SMEs are in situations where they can benefit from more structured variability management, but the awareness need to be raised. Even though the problem space similarity is high, there is little reuse and traceability activities performed. The existence of SMEs with qualified variability management and product line practices indicates that small organizations are capable to apply such practices.



Keywords
SME, Software engineering, Survey, Variability
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-14243 (URN)10.1016/j.infsof.2009.10.009 (DOI)
Available from: 2011-01-10 Created: 2011-01-10 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved
Thörn, C. (2009). Case study: Feature Models for Component Selection in Mobile Applications.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Case study: Feature Models for Component Selection in Mobile Applications
2009 (English)Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Series
Research Report. School of Engineering, ISSN 1404-0018 ; 2009:1
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-10727 (URN)
Available from: 2009-12-22 Created: 2009-10-23 Last updated: 2011-09-29Bibliographically approved
Thörn, C. & Sandkuhl, K. (2009). Feature Modeling: Managing Variability in Complex Systems. In: Andreas Tolk, Lakhmi C. Jain (Ed.), Complex Systems in Knowledge-based Environments: Theory, Models and Applications (pp. 129-162). Berlin: Springer
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Feature Modeling: Managing Variability in Complex Systems
2009 (English)In: Complex Systems in Knowledge-based Environments: Theory, Models and Applications / [ed] Andreas Tolk, Lakhmi C. Jain, Berlin: Springer , 2009, p. 129-162Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Berlin: Springer, 2009
Series
Studies in Computational Intelligence, ISSN 1860-949X ; 168
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-10581 (URN)10.1007/978-3-540-88075-2_6 (DOI)978-3-540-88074-5 (ISBN)
Available from: 2009-10-09 Created: 2009-10-09 Last updated: 2010-04-14Bibliographically approved
Thörn, C., Webers, W. & Sandkuhl, K. (2008). Connecting Feature Models and AUTOSAR: An Approach Supporting Requirements Engineering in Automotive Industries. In: RefSQ '08: Proceedings of the International Working Conference on Requirements Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality (pp. 95-108). Berlin: Springer
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Connecting Feature Models and AUTOSAR: An Approach Supporting Requirements Engineering in Automotive Industries
2008 (English)In: RefSQ '08: Proceedings of the International Working Conference on Requirements Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality, Berlin: Springer , 2008, p. 95-108Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Berlin: Springer, 2008
Series
Lecture Notes in Computer Science, ISSN 1611-3349 ; 5025
National Category
Computer Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-5967 (URN)10.1007/978-3-540-69062-7 (DOI)978-3-540-69060-3 (ISBN)
Available from: 2008-09-16 Created: 2008-09-16 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved
Thörn, C., Gustafsson, T. & Sandkuhl, K. (2008). Small-Scale Software Engineering in Småland's SMEs: A Survey of Software Engineering Practices. In: SERPS '08: Eight Conference on Software Engineering Research and Practice in Sweden: .
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Small-Scale Software Engineering in Småland's SMEs: A Survey of Software Engineering Practices
2008 (English)In: SERPS '08: Eight Conference on Software Engineering Research and Practice in Sweden, 2008Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
National Category
Software Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-6833 (URN)
Available from: 2008-11-18 Created: 2008-11-18 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved
Thörn, C. & Gustafsson, T. (2008). Uptake of Modeling Practices in SMEs: Initial Results from an Industrial Survey. In: MiSE '07: Proceedings of the Workshop on Modeling in Software Engineering.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Uptake of Modeling Practices in SMEs: Initial Results from an Industrial Survey
2008 (English)In: MiSE '07: Proceedings of the Workshop on Modeling in Software Engineering, 2008Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-5968 (URN)
Available from: 2008-09-16 Created: 2008-09-16 Last updated: 2009-10-12Bibliographically approved
Thörn, C. (2007). A Quality Model for Evaluating Feature Models. In: Software Product Lines Conference: Doctoral Symposium.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Quality Model for Evaluating Feature Models
2007 (English)In: Software Product Lines Conference: Doctoral Symposium, 2007Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-3486 (URN)
Available from: 2007-09-24 Created: 2007-09-24 Last updated: 2010-04-13Bibliographically approved
Thörn, C., Sandkuhl, K. & Webers, W. (2007). Enterprise Ontology and Feature Model Integration: Approach and Experiences from an Industrial Case. In: ICSOFT 2007: Second International Conference on Software and Data Technologies.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Enterprise Ontology and Feature Model Integration: Approach and Experiences from an Industrial Case
2007 (English)In: ICSOFT 2007: Second International Conference on Software and Data Technologies, 2007Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-3484 (URN)
Available from: 2008-05-20 Created: 2008-05-20Bibliographically approved
Thörn, C. (2007). Evaluating Variability Modeling Languages Using a Generic Quality Framework. In: SOQUA 2007: Fourth International Workshop on Software Quality Assurance, September 3-4, 2007, Dubrovnik, Croatia (pp. 108-111). New York: ACM Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Evaluating Variability Modeling Languages Using a Generic Quality Framework
2007 (English)In: SOQUA 2007: Fourth International Workshop on Software Quality Assurance, September 3-4, 2007, Dubrovnik, Croatia, New York: ACM Press , 2007, p. 108-111Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: ACM Press, 2007
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-3485 (URN)978-1-59593-724-7 (ISBN)
Available from: 2007-11-09 Created: 2007-11-09Bibliographically approved
Thörn, C., Eriksson, Ö., Blomqvist, E. & Sandkuhl, K. (2006). Potentials and Limits of Graph-Algorithms for Discovering Ontology Patterns. In: Masoud Mohammadian (Ed.), Proceedings of the International Conference on Intelligent Agents, Web Technology and Internet Commerce - IAWTIC'2005, Wien, Austria, November 2005 (pp. 174-179). Piscataway, N.J.: IEEE
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Potentials and Limits of Graph-Algorithms for Discovering Ontology Patterns
2006 (English)In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Intelligent Agents, Web Technology and Internet Commerce - IAWTIC'2005, Wien, Austria, November 2005 / [ed] Masoud Mohammadian, Piscataway, N.J.: IEEE , 2006, p. 174-179Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Piscataway, N.J.: IEEE, 2006
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-2612 (URN)10.1109/CIMCA.2005.1631261 (DOI)0-7695-2504-0 (ISBN)
Available from: 2007-08-03 Created: 2007-08-03 Last updated: 2010-04-13Bibliographically approved
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