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The Usability Engineering Lifecycle : A Practitioner's Handbook for User Interface Design - Deborah J. Mayhew

The Usability Engineering Lifecycle

A Practitioner's Handbook for User Interface Design

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A commitment to usability in user interface design and development offers enormous benefits, including greater user productivity, more competitive products, lower support costs, and a more efficient development process. But what does it mean to be committed to usability? Inside, a twenty-year expert answers this question in full, presenting the techniques of Usability Engineering as a series of product lifecycle tasks that result directly in easier-to-learn, easier-to-use software.
You'll learn to perform a complete requirements analysis and then incorporate the resulting goals and constraints in a highly structured, iterative design and development process. This process doesn't end with installation but instead begins anew with the collection of user feedback that will guide further development. Also covered are organizational issues related to the implementation of Usability Engineering, including cost justification, project planning, and organizational structures.

* Unites all current UE techniques in a single, authoritative resource, presenting a coherent lifecycle process in which each clearly defined task leads directly the next.
* Teaches concrete, immediately usable skills to practitioners in all kinds of product development organizations-from internal departments to commercial developers to consultants.
* Contains examples of actual software development projects and the ways in which they have benefited from Usability Engineering.
* Deals in specifics, not generalities-provides detailed templates and instructions for every phase of the Usability Engineering lifecycle.
* Pays special attention to Web site development and explains how Usability Engineering principles can be applied to the development of any interactive product.

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
Requirements Analysisp. 33
User Profilesp. 35
Contextual Task Analysisp. 67
Usability Goal Settingp. 123
Platform Capabilities and Constraintsp. 145
General Design Principlesp. 159
Design/Testing/ Developmentp. 169
Work Reengineeringp. 171
Conceptual Model Designp. 187
Conceptual Model Mock-upsp. 219
Iterative Conceptual Model Evaluationp. 229
Screen Design Standardsp. 273
Screen Design Standards Prototypingp. 287
Iterative Screen Design Standards Evaluationp. 297
Style Guide Developmentp. 311
Detailed User Interface Designp. 325
Iterative Detailed User Interface Design Evaluationp. 339
Installationp. 351
User Feedbackp. 353
Organizational Issuesp. 401
Promoting and Implementing the Lifecyclep. 403
Usability Project Planningp. 435
Cost-Justificationp. 449
Organizational Roles and Structuresp. 483
Referencesp. 515
Indexp. 530
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ISBN: 9781558605619
ISBN-10: 1558605614
Series: Interactive Technologies
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 560
Published: 5th April 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 18.7  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 1.11