Divergence and lifecycle offsets in product families with commonality

@article{Boas2013DivergenceAL,
  title={Divergence and lifecycle offsets in product families with commonality},
  author={Ryan Boas and Bruce G. Cameron and Edward F. Crawley},
  journal={Systems Engineering},
  year={2013},
  volume={16},
  pages={175-192}
}
Commonality, or the reuse and sharing of components, manufacturing processes, architectures, interfaces, and infrastructure across the members of a product family, is an often leveraged strategy targeted at improving corporate profitability. Commonality strategies are widespread in the literature and in industrial practice, but a clear gap exists: The literature has a distinctly positive bias towards the benefits of commonality, whereas industrial success with commonality has been mixed. This… CONTINUE READING

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