Adoption-centric Usability Engineering

Systematic Deployment, Assessment and Improvement of Usability Methods in Software Engineering

  • Ahmed Seffah
  • Eduard Metzker

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVII
  2. Usability Engineering: Definitions, Methods, and Challenges for Integration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ahmed Seffah, Eduard Metzker
      Pages 3-13
    3. Ahmed Seffah, Eduard Metzker
      Pages 15-33
    4. Ahmed Seffah, Eduard Metzker
      Pages 35-43
  3. ACUE Fundamentals, Architecture and Components

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. Ahmed Seffah, Eduard Metzker
      Pages 47-57
    3. Ahmed Seffah, Eduard Metzker
      Pages 59-71
    4. Ahmed Seffah, Eduard Metzker
      Pages 73-85
  4. Operationalization and Validation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Ahmed Seffah, Eduard Metzker
      Pages 89-99
    3. Ahmed Seffah, Eduard Metzker
      Pages 101-112
    4. Ahmed Seffah, Eduard Metzker
      Pages 113-126
  5. ACUE in Software Engineering: Current Stage and Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Ahmed Seffah, Eduard Metzker
      Pages 129-139
    3. Ahmed Seffah, Eduard Metzker
      Pages 141-144
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 145-158

About this book


Developing easy to use software systems which also increase productivity, performance and satisfaction to users is still one of major challenges faced by software engineers.

In providing a new perspective on the integration and adoption of usability engineering methods by software development teams, this book demonstrates that usability engineering methods can only be integrated in the software development process when they are fully adopted by the project teams. The authors present an adoption centric usability engineering approach that consists of a process meta-model for guiding project teams in the deployment of usability engineering methods and provide a framework for measuring the acceptance of the deployed methods.

Software developers, managers and educators from both academia and industry will find this comprehensible, step-by-step approach to integrating usability engineering methods in the software development lifecycle a useful guide in extending and improving on methodologies, and complementary to existing software development strategies.


Adoption of usability methods Human-computer interaction Usability engineering methods User interface design User-centred d development human-computer interaction (HCI) software software development software engineering usability user interface

Editors and affiliations

  • Ahmed Seffah
    • 1
  • Eduard Metzker
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer Science and software EngineeringConcordia UniversityMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Software Technology Research Centre DaimlerChryslerUlmGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer London 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-84800-018-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-84800-019-3
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