Product families & platforms
This nugget consists of two elements:
1. Introduction to product families & platforms
Many systems, products, and services depend on sharing realizations of functions and subsystems. The organization may organize the sharing in platforms, such that the product developers focus primarily on their added value to the applications. Sharing, however, is a complication for integration. Changes in a component may propagate to various platforms to multiple products and services in widely different circumstances.
2. Release strategy of product families & platforms
Reusable assets such as platforms and shared components promise fast time-to-market and composition of solutions. The challenge is to cope with a variety of dependencies between components, platforms, products, services, and solutions. Who innovates where? How do innovations propagate? What is the impact on Systems Integration, especially the release strategy?