First International Workshop on Multi Product Line Engineering
held in conjunction with SPLC 2013, 26-30 August 2013, Tokyo, Japan


  • 2013-09-06: Slides posted online
  • 2013-08-20: Conference program posted
  • 2013-05-26: Paper submission deadline extended 
  • 2013-04-11: Call for papers published

Workshop summary

In industrial settings, software systems are rarely developed by a single organization. For software product lines, this means that various organizations collaborate to provide and integrate the assets used in a product line. It is not uncommon that these assets themselves are built as product lines, a practice which is referred to as multi product lines. This cross-organizational distribution of the reusable assets introduces several challenges, particularly inconsistent configuration of components, costly and time-consuming integration processes, and inadequate testing. In addition, many of the product lines involved in a multi product line evolve in their own direction and at their own speed, especially since it is not uncommon that they are suppliers for more than one multi product line. Consequently, constant care needs to be taken to maintain the integrity of each of these composites. 

This workshop focuses on addressing the specific challenges involved with managing the development and evolution of multi product line and the assets that are used for their production. This includes the challenges that are related to the coordination and collaboration of organizations that produce product lines which contribute in forming larger multi product lines.