Who needs usability engineering, anyway?

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Who needs usability engineering, anyway?

  1. 1. Who Needs Usability Engineering, Anyway?
  2. 2. The Trouble With Usability Engineering? • Nitpicky feedback • Usability engineer finds fault with aspects of interface whose influence seems marginal at best • Tons of paper • Tons of paper that end up „dead“ on shelves
  3. 3. The Trouble With Usability Engineering? • “Creative” ideas that are never be implemented • Interesting on paper but cannot be implemented due to hard technical constraints/requirements • Delays due to necessity of creating prototypes for usability testing purposes • Prototypes that have been developed specifically for usability testing cannot be reused for „real“ development
  4. 4. Current Issues in IT • Green IT • Users can also help in saving power: by using computers more efficiently. • Highly specialized tools • To create these tools, the user-work-tool fit has to be understood exactly • Ubiquitous computing • For market success, it is of paramount importance giving users exactly what they want. In their everyday context, users are less likely to adapt to technology than in “artificial” work settings.
  5. 5. Usability engineering is not about providing „added value“, it‘s about getting today‘s basics right!
  6. 6. Agile Usability Engineering • Adapt usability engineering approaches to the concrete project phase • The degree of being user-driven and being technologically-driven varies throughout a project • Targeted communication • Instead of having bloated documentation, give the respective audience what it needs for immediate use – nothing more, nothing less • Re-use prototypes • Instead of generating throwaway code, generate code that can be used for testing and implementation without overhead
  7. 7. INTEGRATE usability engineering instead of having it as an add-on!
  8. 8. Find out more... • Blog Article: Who Needs Usability Engineering, Anyway? • More about Centigrade: www.centigrade.de

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