Meanwhile, Out in the Real World: Developing a Commercial Human-centred Software Application

  • David Smith
Part of the Human-centred Systems book series (HCS)


This chapter is not a high-power academic treatise. It will not attempt to break new ground in philosophy; it will not attempt to moderate the use of every other word by a full bibliographic reference or the ‘TM’ symbol; it will not draw on abstruse psychology, sociology or, indeed, any other kind of ‘-ology’; it will not mention Wittgenstein (well, not again, anyway!). Furthermore, it will not attempt to justify or explain these omissions. So if you require all or any of these things, this is not your chapter. Pass by quickly and leave the rest of us in peace!


User Requirement Participatory Design Psychiatric Practice Software Requirement Specification Concept Demonstrator 
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  1. 1.
    The product in question is ‘AMIGOS’ (Advanced Medical Information Organisation & Guidance System), a psychiatric patient-management and professional information system, marketed by my company, AVC Multimedia Ltd.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    A ‘Functional Specification’ is a software engineering tool which defines the characteristics of the proposed system in terms which can serve as a design brief for detailed programming and hardware configuration. The full functional specification for the MEDICA system comprised Project Deliverable Five (January 1990). This specification follows the ANSI/IEEE Guide to Software Requirements Specifications (ANSI/IEEE Std. 83–1984). It provides a general description of the MEDICA system, under the headings: System perspective; System functions; User characteristics; General constraints; Assumptions and dependencies. It also provides specific requirements for each of the hardware and software sub-systems.Google Scholar
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    ‘Clinical Audit’ involves attention to the effectiveness of treatment. It is a concept derived from the growing trend towards ‘evidence-based medicine’.Google Scholar

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