The best thing about this book is its concise, cut-to-the-chase approach when defining usability and ways to measure and improve it. As the author notes, in the old days of computing, documents that attempted to define usability might have over 1,000 rules. The author offers just a handful of guiding principles for creating better software that apply even today. (Published just before the Internet revolution, this book's principles still hold true for Web designers, as well as those who create more traditional applications.)
Throughout this text, the author argues for the benefits of improved software usability. With software use as with all things, time is money and making more efficient interfaces translates into lower personnel costs and more productivity. The book also does a fine job of integrating usability design into the software development process, with guides for planning, working with end users, and running tests with users (whether on videotape or in person). The 50-page bibliography attests to the author's previous research on usability.
For anyone who needs to create better, more efficient software, Usability Engineering can help. This clear and intelligent guide to the science of usability engineering has helped enhance the potential of computers to work with end users more efficiently. In the new century, software developers will undoubtedly seek new advances in usability, in part because of the groundwork laid by books like this one. --Richard Dragan
Topics covered: Usability basics, measuring usability, types of users, history of user interfaces, the usability engineering lifecycle, design techniques, heuristics and hints for improving usability, testing, managing user tests, assessing usability, interface standards, internationalization, and Computer-Aided Usability Engineering (CAUSE) tools.
This book, although it is old, is still a staple in system design and engineering. A must for every true nursing informaticist that works with system designers.Published 17 days ago by Casey T
Dear Fellow Informatics students:
You will DEFINITELY need this one for class and beyond. Buy it and keep it handy.
The book edition it is a little old. The book was write a long time ago an i think it is not adequate to a informatic book.
By the way, the shipment was very fast.
This is an excellent book on Usability Engineering. It gives great advice and I would highly recommend reading it! It is a great bargain if you buy it used.Published 13 months ago by CD music collector
I'm not a usability expert, and this didn't quite match up with what I hoped to get out a of class on software evaluation for librarians (but that has more to do with the... Read morePublished on June 28, 2008 by J. Jones
If you are an experienced user interface designer who thoroughly understands what usability is about you probably don't need to read the book (although I would find it strange that... Read morePublished on August 8, 2001 by RA Botha
The title I use is an old portuguese proverb. It is a good description of this book. In page 115 it says: "User interfaces should be simplified as much as possible,...". Read morePublished on January 31, 2001 by "rebelo"
If you are not familiar with usability engineering methods than read this book. It will give you a good overview about the most common techniques. Read morePublished on November 3, 2000 by Michael Bechinie