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Product Line Adoption in Industry: An Experience Report from the Railway Domain


Publication Type:

Conference/Workshop Paper


24th ACM International Systems and Software Product Line Conference


The software system controlling a train is typically deployed on various hardware architectures and is required to process various signals across those deployments. Increases of such customization scenarios, as well as the needed adherence of the software to various safety standards in different application domains, has led to the adoption of product line engineering within the railway domain. This paper explores the current state-of-practice of software product line development within a team developing industrial embedded software for a train propulsion control system. Evidence is collected by means of a focus group session with several engineers and through inspection of archival data. We report several benefits and challenges experienced during product line adoption and deployment. Furthermore, we identify and discuss research opportunities, focusing in particular on the areas of product line evolution and test automation.


author = {Muhammad Abbas and Robbert Jongeling and Claes Lindskog and Eduard Paul Enoiu and Mehrdad Saadatmand and Daniel Sundmark},
title = {Product Line Adoption in Industry: An Experience Report from the Railway Domain},
month = {October},
year = {2020},
booktitle = {24th ACM International Systems and Software Product Line Conference},
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