Achieving improved usability outcomes with different usability practitioner roles

Bruno, V and Dick, M 2013, 'Achieving improved usability outcomes with different usability practitioner roles', in Nelson K. Y Leung (ed.) Proceedings of ICIME 2013 4th International Conference on Information Management and Evaluation, RMIT University Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 13-14 May 2013, pp. 61-70.


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Collection: Conference Papers

Title Achieving improved usability outcomes with different usability practitioner roles
Author(s) Bruno, V
Dick, M
Year 2013
Conference name 4th International Conference on Information Management and Evaluation
Conference location RMIT University Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Conference dates 13-14 May 2013
Proceedings title Proceedings of ICIME 2013 4th International Conference on Information Management and Evaluation
Editor(s) Nelson K. Y Leung
Publisher Academic Conferences and Publishing International
Place of publication Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Start page 61
End page 70
Total pages 10
Abstract This paper examines two sets of usability roles: the consultant vs the organisation based practitioner and the usability manager vs. the usability practitioner. This paper will review the current literature discussion of the usability practitioner's role and present findings from interviews with industry practitioners. This research interviewed twenty one usability practitioners with five or more year's industry experience. The interview transcripts were then analysed using the grounded theory methodology. The analysis provided various findings which highlighted concepts that impacted on the usability outcome of an IS project. The analysis produced twenty seven concepts which were formed into four themes, which included usability mindset, collaborative approach, usability practice and project constraints. This paper will focus on the noticeable differences between the various usability roles in relation to the resulting twenty seven concepts. The key findings show that usability managers look to strategic usability issues, by improving stakeholder collaboration and need to focusing on the skillsets of the usability practitioners. Consultants had a higher tendency to focus on usability activities compliance within a process, selecting and performing activities based on constraints (which include technological constraints, time and budget constraints), needed to have a degree of flexibility in their usability practice and often were used to validate usability practices in an organisation. Organisational practitioners were more focused on nurturing and educating usability understanding within the organisation and stakeholders involved in an IS project. A usability practitioner needs to be flexible enough to adapt to the situation they find themselves in when engaged in an IS project in order to maximise usability outcomes.
Subjects Computer-Human Interaction
Keyword(s) usability
practitioner
role
industry
usability outcome
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