Inspection based evaluations

Gilbert Cockton, Alan Woolrych, Darryn Lavery

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    Usability inspection methods (UIMs) remain an important discount method for usability evaluation. They can be applied to any designed artefact during development: a paper prototype, a storyboard, a working prototype (e.g., in Macromedia Flash™ or in Microsoft PowerPoint™), tested production software, or an installed public release. They are analytical evaluation methods, which involve no typical end users, unlike empirical methods such as user testing. UIMs only require availability of a designed artefact and trained analysts. Thus, evaluation is possible with low resources (hence discount methods). Although risks arise from low resources, well-informed practices disproportionately improve analyst performance, improving cost-benefit ratios. This chapter introduces UIMs, covering six and one further method, and provides approaches to assessing existing, emerging and future UIMs and their effective uses.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Human-Computer Interaction Handbook : Fundamentals, Evolving Technologies, and Emerging Applications
    EditorsAndrew Sears, Julie Jacko
    Place of PublicationHoboken
    PublisherLawrence Erlbaum Associates
    ISBN (Print)978-0805858709
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2007

    Publication series

    NameHuman Factors and Ergonomics
    PublisherLawrence Erlbaum Associates


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