AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwired - November 03, 2015) - BigLever Software, the leading provider of Product Line Engineering (PLE) solutions, today announced that the company's founder and CEO, Dr. Charles Krueger, will present a session spotlighting "Feature-based Product Line Engineering and Operations (PLE&O)" at Smart Automotive Variant.con 2015. Additionally, Dr. Paul Clements, BigLever's VP of Customer Success, will moderate an Icebreaker Roundtable discussion, which will kick off the main conference program. Smart Automotive Variant.con is the leading international networking platform in the variant management field of the automotive industry. This year's event will take place in Berlin, Germany, November 12-13.

"Today's automotive manufacturers must address the growing need for a unified approach to variant and complexity management across the full automotive product family lifecycle -- from portfolio planning, to engineering, product management, supply chain, manufacturing, and all the way through sales and service," said Krueger. "Companies simply cannot achieve the necessary levels of efficiency, product line scalability, or quality when the various engineering and operations groups remain isolated from each other -- each with different variant and complexity management tools, processes, and methodologies. My talk will address how leading-edge companies are using innovative, holistic, feature-based PLE&O approaches to variant and complexity management, which are resulting in greater competitive advantage."

BigLever Sessions

Presentation: Feature-based Product Line Engineering and Operations - Advanced Variant Complexity Management across the Full Product Lifecycle

Presenter: Charles Krueger

Friday, November 13, 10:20 a.m.

Icebreaker Roundtable: In Search of the Perfect Abstractions for Taming Variant Complexity

Moderator: Paul Clements

Wednesday, November 11, 8:00 p.m.

Krueger is an acknowledged thought leader in the PLE field, with more than 25 years of experience in software engineering. He is responsible for more than 60 articles, columns, book chapters, industry conference keynotes and sessions. Through active involvement in key industry events and organizations, he brings innovative PLE concepts, new generation methodologies, and success stories to the forefront of the systems and software engineering community. Krueger has proven expertise in leading commercial product line engineering teams, and helping establish some of the industry's most notable PLE practices at leading companies in automotive, defense, aviation, alternative energy, industrial automation, and e-commerce. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.

Clements has in-depth systems and software architecture and analysis expertise, applied research experience, and proven insight for helping organizations define pragmatic solutions to complex engineering problems. He assists organizations in applying the latest PLE approaches, creating optimized deployment plans, and establishing successful ongoing PLE practices. Clements was previously at Carnegie Mellon's Software Engineering Institute, where for 17 years he worked in product line engineering and software architecture documentation and analysis. He is co-author of three practitioner-oriented books about software architecture, as well as the field's leading text on software product line engineering. Clements received his PhD in computer science from The University of Texas at Austin.

About Smart Automotive Variant.con

Smart Automotive Variant.con is a highly interactive, executive-level event that brings together experts and decision makers from top automotive manufacturers, leading global OEMs, and suppliers to discuss current challenges and innovations around automotive variant management. The conference agenda features a combination of expert keynotes and presentations, world café sessions, roundtables, and networking sessions that allow attendees to gain a deeper understanding of key topics such as global platform and modularization management, PLE&O, product cost management for variants and commonality, process optimization between product design strategy and product engineering, effective resource utilization, and more.

About BigLever Software

BigLever Software, Inc. is the leading provider of systems and software Product Line Engineering solutions and services. BigLever's industry-standard Gears PLE Engineering Tool and Lifecycle Framework enables organizations to engineer a product line portfolio as a single production system rather than a multitude of products. The Gears solution allows engineering organizations to reduce costs and bring new product line features and products to market faster, enabling businesses to more reliably target and hit strategic market windows. BigLever is based in Austin, Texas. For more information, visit

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