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      Is Usability Evaluation Important: The Perspective of Novice Software Developers

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      27th International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2013) (HCI)

      Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2013)

      9 - 13 September 2013

      Usability evaluation, usability evaluation perspectives, novice software developers

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          In this paper we present the results of a study which aims to explore the perspective of novice software developers about usability evaluation. It is important for a software organization to understand how novice developers perceive the role and importance of usability evaluation. This will permit development of effective methods and training programs that could potentially increase the application of usability evaluation. The results suggest that the perspectives of novice software developers about usability are characterized by a clear understanding about what usability evaluation is and a clear awareness about obstacles and advantages. However, our study also reveals certain shortcomings in the “usability culture” of novice developers, especially about the users’ role in usability evaluation. Despite this limited “usability culture”, novice developers’ understanding of usability evaluation reflects a positive opinion about their participation in these activities. In addition, novice developers think that usability, in a general sense, is an important aspect of their work.

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                Author and article information

                Contributors
                Conference
                September 2013
                September 2013
                : 1-6
                Affiliations
                Aalborg University

                Dept. of CS

                Selma Lagerlöfs Vej 300

                Aalborg East, Denmark
                National University

                Informatics School

                PO-Box 86-3000

                Heredia, Costa Rica
                Article
                10.14236/ewic/HCI2013.40
                © Fulvio Lizano et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. 27th International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2013), Brunel University, London, UK

                This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

                27th International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2013)
                HCI
                27
                Brunel University, London, UK
                9 - 13 September 2013
                Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
                Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2013)
                Product
                Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
                Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
                Categories
                Electronic Workshops in Computing

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