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See detailConfiguring use case models in product families
Hajri, Ines UL; Göknil, Arda UL; Briand, Lionel UL et al

in Software & Systems Modeling (2018), 17(3), 939-971

In many domains such as automotive and avionics, the size and complexity of software systems is quickly increasing. At the same time, many stakeholders tend to be involved in the development of such ... [more ▼]

In many domains such as automotive and avionics, the size and complexity of software systems is quickly increasing. At the same time, many stakeholders tend to be involved in the development of such systems, which typically must also be configured for multiple customers with varying needs. Product Line Engineering (PLE) is therefore an inevitable practice for such systems. Furthermore, because in many areas requirements must be explicit and traceability to them is required by standards, use cases and domain models are common practice for requirements elicitation and analysis. In this paper, based on the above observations, we aim at supporting PLE in the context of use case-centric development. Therefore, we propose, apply, and assess a use case-driven configuration approach which interactively receives configuration decisions from the analysts to generate Product Specific (PS) use case and domain models. Our approach provides the following: (1) a use case-centric product line modeling method (PUM), (2) automated, interactive configuration support based on PUM, and (3) an automatic generation of PS use case and domain models from Product Line (PL) models and configuration decisions. The approach is supported by a tool relying on Natural Language Processing (NLP), and integrated with an industrial requirements management tool, i.e., IBM Doors. We successfully applied and evaluated our approach to an industrial case study in the automotive domain, thus showing evidence that the approach is practical and beneficial to capture variability at the appropriate level of granularity and to configure PS use case and domain models in industrial settings. [less ▲]

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See detailChange Impact Analysis for Evolving Configuration Decisions in Product Line Use Case Models
Hajri, Ines UL; Göknil, Arda UL; Briand, Lionel UL et al

in Journal of Systems and Software (2018), 139

Product Line Engineering is becoming a key practice in many software development environments where complex systems are developed for multiple customers with varying needs. In many business contexts, use ... [more ▼]

Product Line Engineering is becoming a key practice in many software development environments where complex systems are developed for multiple customers with varying needs. In many business contexts, use cases are the main artifacts for communicating requirements among stakeholders. In such contexts, Product Line (PL) use cases capture variable and common requirements while use case-driven configuration generates Product Specific (PS) use cases for each new customer in a product family. In this paper, we propose, apply, and assess a change impact analysis approach for evolving configuration decisions in PL use case models. Our approach includes: (1) automated support to identify the impact of decision changes on prior and subsequent decisions in PL use case diagrams and (2) automated incremental regeneration of PS use case models from PL use case models and evolving configuration decisions. Our tool support is integrated with IBM Doors. Our approach has been evaluated in an industrial case study, which provides evidence that it is practical and beneficial to analyze the impact of decision changes and to incrementally regenerate PS use case models in industrial settings. [less ▲]

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See detailA Change Management Approach in Product Lines for Use Case-Driven Development and Testing
Hajri, Ines UL; Göknil, Arda UL; Briand, Lionel UL

in 23rd International Working Conference on Requirements Engineering: Foundation for software Quality (REFSQ 2017) (2017, March)

In this paper, driven by industrial needs, we present a change management approach for product lines within the context of use case-driven development and testing. As part of the approach, we first ... [more ▼]

In this paper, driven by industrial needs, we present a change management approach for product lines within the context of use case-driven development and testing. As part of the approach, we first provide a modeling method to support variability modeling in Product Line (PL) use case diagrams, specifications, and domain models, intentionally avoiding any reliance on feature models and thus avoiding unnecessary modeling and traceability overhead. Then, we introduce a use case-driven configuration approach based on the proposed modelling method to automatically generate Product Specific (PS) use case and domain models from the PL models and configuration decisions. Building on this, we provide a change impact analysis approach for evolving configuration decisions in PL use case models. In addition, we plan to develop a change impact analysis approach for evolving PL use case models and an automated regression test selection technique for evolving configuration decisions and PL models. [less ▲]

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See detailIncremental Reconfiguration of Product Specific Use Case Models for Evolving Configuration Decisions
Hajri, Ines UL; Göknil, Arda UL; Briand, Lionel UL et al

in 23rd International Working Conference on Requirements Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality (REFSQ 2017) (2017, March)

[Context and motivation] Product Line Engineering (PLE) is increasingly common practice in industry to develop complex systems for multiple customers with varying needs. In many business contexts, use ... [more ▼]

[Context and motivation] Product Line Engineering (PLE) is increasingly common practice in industry to develop complex systems for multiple customers with varying needs. In many business contexts, use cases are central development artifacts for requirements engineering and system testing. In such contexts, use case configurators can play a significant role to capture variable and common requirements in Product Line (PL) use case models and to generate Product Specific (PS) use case models for each new customer in a product family. [Question/Problem] Although considerable research has been devoted to use case configurators, little attention has been paid to supporting the incremental reconfiguration of use case models with evolving configuration decisions. [Principal ideas/results] We propose, apply, and assess an incremental reconfiguration approach to support evolving configuration decisions in PL use case models. PS use case models are incrementally reconfigured by focusing only on the changed decisions and their side effects. In our prior work, we proposed and applied Product line Use case modeling Method (PUM) to support variability modeling in PL use case diagrams and specifications. We also developed a use case configurator, PUMConf, which interactively collects configuration decisions from analysts to generate PS use case models from PL models. Our approach is built on top of PUM and PUMConf. [Contributions] We provide fully automated tool support for incremental configuration as an extension of PUMConf. Our approach has been evaluated in an industrial case study in the automotive domain, which provided evidence it is practical and beneficial. [less ▲]

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See detailSupporting Change in Product Lines within the Context of Use Case-Driven Development and Testing
Hajri, Ines UL

in 24th ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (DS@FSE 2016) (2016, November)

Product Line Engineering (PLE) is becoming a common practice in industry to enhance product quality, to reduce development costs, and to improve time-to-market. At the same time, many development contexts ... [more ▼]

Product Line Engineering (PLE) is becoming a common practice in industry to enhance product quality, to reduce development costs, and to improve time-to-market. At the same time, many development contexts are use case-driven and this strongly influences their requirements engineering and system testing practices. In this PhD project, we aim to achieve automated and effective change management in a product family within the context of use case-driven development and system testing. To this end, we first provide a modeling method for capturing variability information explicitly in Product Line (PL) use case and domain models. Then, we propose an automated configuration approach to automatically generate Product Specific (PS) use case and domain models from PL models. In addition, we plan to provide a change impact analysis approach for PL use case and domain models and automated regression test selection for system test cases derived from PL use case models. [less ▲]

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See detailPUMConf: A Tool to Configure Product Specific Use Case and Domain Models in a Product Line
Hajri, Ines UL; Göknil, Arda UL; Briand, Lionel UL et al

in 24th ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (2016, November)

We present PUMConf, a tool for supporting configuration that currently focuses on requirements and enables effective product line management in the context of use case-driven development. By design, it ... [more ▼]

We present PUMConf, a tool for supporting configuration that currently focuses on requirements and enables effective product line management in the context of use case-driven development. By design, it relies exclusively on variability modeling for artifacts that are commonly used in such contexts (i.e., use case diagram, specifications and domain model). For given Product Line (PL) use case and domain models, PUMConf checks the consistency of the models, interactively receives configuration decisions from analysts, automatically checks decision consistency, and generates Product Specific (PS) use case and domain models from the PL models and decisions. It has been evaluated on an industrial case study in the automotive domain. [less ▲]

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See detailApplying Product Line Use Case Modeling in an Industrial Automotive Embedded System: Lessons Learned and a Refined Approach
Hajri, Ines UL; Göknil, Arda UL; Briand, Lionel UL et al

in 2015 ACM/IEEE 18th International Conference on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems (MODELS), September 30 - October 2, 2015, Ottawa, ON, Canada (2015, October 03)

In this paper, we propose, apply, and assess Product line Use case modeling Method (PUM), an approach that supports modeling variability at different levels of granularity in use cases and domain models ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we propose, apply, and assess Product line Use case modeling Method (PUM), an approach that supports modeling variability at different levels of granularity in use cases and domain models. Our motivation is that, in many software development environments, use case modeling drives interactions among stakeholders and, therefore, use cases and domain models are common practice for requirements elicitation and analysis. In PUM, we integrate and adapt existing product line extensions for use cases and introduce some template extensions for use case specifications. Variability is captured in use case diagrams while it is reflected at a greater level of detail in use case specifications. Variability in domain concepts is captured in domain models. PUM is supported by a tool relying on Natural Language Processing (NLP). We successfully applied PUM to an industrial automotive embedded system and report lessons learned and results from structured interviews with experienced engineers. [less ▲]

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