To exploit the benefits of product lines (e.g., increased productivity, shorter time to market) all SPLE activities need to be performed in an efficient and systematic manner.
One of the greatest barriers on the way to the efficient creation, handling, and evolution of product lines is the complexity and scale of the underlying artefacts. For instance, product lines (and their products) are often part of complex system structures and exhibit a high degree of interdependencies. Product line engineers struggle to manage the variability of such system structures. Various techniques have been introduced to support product line engineering, in particular for variability management and product derivation. However, due to a lack of scalability, many of these techniques cannot easily be applied for industrial product lines.
In this context, the MAPLE/SCALE workshop focuses on the application of model-driven concepts and techniques in SPLE and explores how they can help to handle product lines of realistic complexity and facilitate systematic and efficient product derivation.
The workshop particularly aims at bringing together researchers and practitioners to (1) tackle problems of practical relevance and realistic complexity and (2) allow the evaluation and refinement of conceptual results in an industry context, with a special focus on investigating scalability.