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Welcome to the Product Line Engineering International Working Group!

Mission & Objectives


  • Promote PLE (Product Line Engineering) and related SE (Systems Engineering) best practices
  • Coordinate activities around PLE at INCOSE level and share results


  • Help our members acquire Know‐How:
    • Compare to the State‐of‐Art
    • Share concerns, experiences, good practices, and traps to avoid
  • Provide guidelines to set up and evolve PLE in organizations


  • All types of Systems, Markets, & Organizations
  • All the SE Processes (needs, requirements, architecture, integration and tests, …)
  • All maturity levels of PLE, from opportunistic to completely Integrated and anticipated strategies

Our group charter is available online here.


Co-chairs Hugo-Guillermo CHALÉ GÓNGORA (Thales)
Rowland Darbin (General Dynamics)
Work products Drew Stovall (BigLever)
Outreach Paul Clements (BigLever)
ISO committee
Charlie Krueger (BigLever)
INCOSE Liaisons Beth Wilson (Raytheon) – System Security and Systems-of-systems
Matthew Hause (PTC) – Transport
Matthew Hause (PTC) / Arnaud Durantin (3DS) – MBSE
Bill Bolander (IBM) – Automotive
Tracy Scott-Parry (UTC) / Arnaud Durantin (3DS) – Requirements
TBD – Tool interoperability
H.G. Chalé (THALES) / Raul Mazo (UP1-Sorbonne) – Critical Infrastructure RP, Agile SE
C. Krueger (BigLever) / H.G. Chalé G (THALES) – MBSE Patterns
Anil Prasad (Medtronic plc) – Healthcare
Drew Stovall (BigLever) – Configuration Management
Events tbd
IT & Services H.G. Chalé G (THALES) acting

Working Group Products

Current Activities / Work Product Leaders

Current Projects

Work Product Lead
ISO 26580 Standard - Methods and Tools for the Feature-Based Approach to Systems and Software Product Line Engineering Charlie Krueger (BigLever)
Wikipedia Updates
Technical Report Series: "PLE in Context" Drew Stovall (BigLever)
INSIGHT Magazine June/July 2020 Issue: "System Security in Product Line Engineering" Beth Wilson
INSIGHT Magazine December 2020 Issue: "Product Line Engineering" Drew Stovall (BigLever)
INCOSE SEBoK Updates Drew Stovall (BigLever)

Recent Projects

Work Product Lead
INCOSE Feature-Based Product Line Engineering Primer Paul Clements (BigLever)
INSIGHT Magazine June 2019 Issue : "Product Line Engineering"
Drew Stovall (BigLever)

Planned Working Sessions at the Next Events

INCOSE International Workshop 2020

  • Dates: January 25-28, 2020
  • Location: Torrance, California - USA

Planned Presentations at the Next Annual

INCOSE International Symposium 2020

  • Dates: July 18-23, 2020
  • Location: Cape Town, South Africa

PLE Conferences and Events

Conferences focused on product families and variability subjects

SPLC 2020 : 24rd International Systems and Software Product Line Conference

  • Dates: October 18 to 23, 2020
  • Location: Montréal, Canada

VaMoS 2020: 14th International Working Conference on Variability Modelling of Software-Intensive Systems

  • Dates: February 05 - 07, 2020
  • Location: Magdeburg, Germany

Smart Variant.Con

  • Dates: 22-23 June 2020
  • Location: Berlin, Germany

MCP-CE : World Conference on Mass Customization, Personalization, and Co-Creation

  • Dates:
  • Location:

ConfWS 19 : Workshop on Configuration

  • Dates: September 19th-20th, 2019
  • Location: Hamburg, Germany

IWCT 2019 : 8th International Workshop on Combinatorial Testing

  • Dates: April 23, 2019
  • Location: Xian, China

How To Participate

Our PLE group is growing fast. We invite you to join us!

Membership in the PLE IWG is open to any INCOSE member. To join the group:
  • Log into your INCOSE account
  • Go to your Profile Page, and scroll to the bottom left section titled "My Committees and Working Groups"
  • Click the link for "Browse / Join a Working Group"
  • Find the Product Lines group and click on View to see roster; the Join option is at the bottom of the page

Shared working documents, meeting minutes and presentation material are available in our CONNECT page.
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