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Usability Engineering

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Written by the author of the best-selling HyperText & HyperMedia, this book is an excellent guide to the methods of usability engineering. The book provides the tools needed to avoid usability surprises and improve product quality. Step-by-step information on which method to use at various stages during the development lifecycle are included, along with detailed inform ...more
Paperback, 362 pages
Published October 7th 1994 by Morgan Kaufmann Publishers (first published 1993)
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Good general info, but quite dated in a number of areas.
As my first database design project to be used by someone else comes to a close, I find myself starting this book and reflecting on the truth of the intro: "Many ... students are profoundly surprised when they first sit down with actual users and watch them struggle with supposedly easy software."
"Usability Engineering" is a must-have for anyone working in HCI, but especially for anyone who needs to run a user study. I feel like I refer back to this short little book every time I start a new study, and I've been doing this for almost 15 years!
This was a bit dry, but gave lots of good details.
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Jakob Nielsen is a leading web usability consultant. He holds a Ph.D. in human-computer interaction from the Technical University of Denmark in Copenhagen. He is also the principal of the Nielsen Norman Group which he co-founded with Dr. Donald A. Norman (former VP of research at Apple Computer). Before starting NNG in 1998 he was a Sun Microsystems Distinguished Engineer.

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