A primary benefit of tracking Product Line Requirements in the same Technical Specification is that a Column based side-by-side comparison for specific Values of each Requirement across the entire Product Line is a natural outcome.
Columns can be selected and placed to meet the specific needs of a target audience and the Column layout can be saved for later retrieval. Also, access to edit a Product Line Application Configuration can be controlled per Configuration as necessary.
Other Configurations can be defined to manage Subject Matter Expert recommended values, and benchmark or trade-study values for similar products.
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Product development organizations use design reuse strategies to build common subsystems for the complex systems they develop and the many customers these systems are delivered to. Sub-systems are designed with an Architecture that will allow for strategic reuse. A base design for a sub-system is designed, with
some reasonable modifications for specific Applications, to meet the requirements of the systems the subsystem will be incorporated into. This paper provides details on a strategy for
Requirement Management across Product Lines that has successfully been deployed within a large Product Development and Manufacturing organization.