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There are major hurdles to incorporating user-centered design into the software development process: requirements that are out of sync with design materials, prototypes that hastily get turned into production software, and the chasm that exists between interaction designers and developers. How do you quickly and convincingly mock-up interactivity? How do you make the transition from design to code while keeping managers, clients, and testers engaged and informed? The Informatics Solutions Group at Children's Hospital Boston has developed Clickframes, an HTML-based wireframing technique, and AppSpecXML, a simple XML-based model for creating detailed specifications of web applications. With the accompanying suite of supporting tools, we can convert AppSpecXML into interactive design artifacts and production-quality Java-based prototypes.
In this session, we’ll describe the challenges we've encountered developing research software, including production systems with industry partners, at a major teaching hospital over the last decade. We’ll demonstrate how to use the Clickframes technique with off-the-shelf wiki software to rapidly prototype an interactive website, which can be used in design review sessions, sprint/project planning, and client presentations. Then, we'll describe the AppSpecXML model and do a series of live demonstrations, going from rough site map to fully-functional web application (with form validation, AJAX, and user authentication out of the box) in a matter of minutes. We will share how we have incorporated this technique into our own design and agile development processes to our team’s (and our clients’) delight.
Presenters: Jonathan Abbett & William Crawford