33 From Component Reuse to Asset-Based Software Engineering

Monday, 27 October – 13:30-17:00 Afternoon

Martin Griss, Martin Griss Associates, martin@griss.com

This tutorial presents an introduction to the interlocking business, organizational and technical issues that influence large-scale software reuse and asset-based software engineering. Asset reuse is one of the most significant enablers for productivity improvements; it appears simple at first glance, yet is difficult to execute. Most organizations do not know how to effectively structure a reuse program to match their business and software goals. We describe three primary flavors of reuse: Facilitated, Managed and Designed. An organization selects and practices one or more of these flavors of reuse by varying the amount of proactive management of assets and process; proactive design and architecture of assets to enhance reuse, and amount of top-down, pre-work, versus bottom up incremental reengineering. Particularly important is how it encourages or enforces use of these assets, how it invests in the people, process and technology to support the reuse program, and how it structures and manages the organization to provide, support and utilize the assets. Topics covered include: Business and economic issues; reuse experience; flavors of reuse; architecture, components, frameworks and product lines; reuse process and design methods, domain engineering; reuse governance and organization; and technology and tools such as templates, aspects, generators and repositories.

Attendee background

Prerequisites: This tutorial is geared towards managers, architects and senior developers who have some software engineering, programming and modeling experience, and who are eager to establish or refine an asset reuse program.


Lecture and interactive discussion


Martin Griss is one of the world's leading authorities on software reuse. He spent nearly two decades as Principal Laboratory Scientist and Laboratory Director at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories. Known as HP's "Reuse Rabbi," he created and led a corporate-wide software reuse program. His research has covered software reuse processes and tools, software engineering tools and methods, and software agents. He is co-author of "Software Reuse: Architecture, Process and Organization for Business Success," and author of over 60 book chapters, papers, columns and reports. He is an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at the University of California at Santa Cruz, a consultant, and member of Flashline's Software Development Productivity Council.