Changing the technology evidently cause changes for the work activities, the organisational structures and the human beings with their skills and expertise [ Leavitt, 1958]. However, this observation has not lead to any efforts to meet these challenges when developing the technology. We are currently striving for integrated design by defining methods for organisatiorial change and learning simultaneously when developing computer support for a work situation. This requires an interdisciplinary research setting.
Successfully adopted UCD has, when adopted, been regarded as an absolute necessity to arrive at usable systems. However, few projects really adopt UCD throughout the entire development process. Traditional in-house development projects have a well defined user population, participating as a part of their work. With the recent increase in network services for the public, the user population has become all the more difficult to specify and access. We need to develop new and efficient ways of capturing user requirements, performing user centred prototyping and usability evaluations for these new technologies. As researchers we here have the responsibility to educate software developers on UCD and enhance the possibilities for efficient user participation to be able to increase the maturity and awareness of these questions.
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Publication information: Book title: Human-Computer Interaction:Ergonomics and User Interfaces. Volume: 1. Contributors: Hans-Jörg Bullinger - Editor, Jürgen Ziegler - Editor. Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Place of publication: Mahwah, NJ. Publication year: 1999. Page number: 1331.
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