Usability Engineering

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Overview

"The purpose of Jakob Nielsen's Usability Engineering is to help nontechnical people improve the systems so that they are not only error-free but also easier and more pleasant to use, and more efficient. It is a book that ...shows us how to change the world and does so admirably....One of this book's strengths is that it provides a wide selection of methods for improving systems, and allows for the unavoidable constraints of the real world." —NEW SCIENTIST

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 information on how to run a usability test and the unique issues relating to international usability.

KEY FEATURES

  • Emphasizes cost-effective methods that developers can implement immediately.
  • Instructs readers about which methods to use and when to use them throughout the development lifecycle, ultimately helping in cost-benefit analysis.
  • Shows readers how to avoid the four most frequently listed reasons for delay in software projects.
  • Includes detailed information on how to run a usability test.
  • Covers unique issues of international usability.
  • Features an extensive bibliography allowing readers to find additional information.
  • Written by an internationally renowned expert in the field and the author of the best-selling HyperText &
    HyperMedia
    .

Audience: Professionals responsible for the development of software user interfaces, as well as researchers and students in human-computer interaction and interface design.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The purpose of Jakob Nielsen's Usability Engineering is to help nontechnical people improve the systems so that they are not only error-free but also easier and more pleasant to use, and more efficient. It is a book that ...shows us how to change the world and does so admirably....One of this book's strengths is that it provides a wide selection of methods for improving systems, and allows for the unavoidable constraints of the real world."
—NEW SCIENTIST
Booknews
Nielsen, author of the popular HyperText & HyperMedia, provides concrete advice and methods that can be systematically employed to ensure a high degree of usability in the final user interface. Appendix A lists several practical exercises touching upon important aspects of usability engineering. Appendix B is an extensive (53-page) bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780125184069
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 10/7/1994
  • Series: Interactive Technologies Series
  • Pages: 362
  • Sales rank: 1,136,474
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Called the world's leading expert on Web usability by US News and World Report, Jakob Nielsen today serves as user advocate and principal of the Nielsen Norman Group. In the course of a career in which he held influential positions at Sun Microsystems, Bellcore, and IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center, Nielsen founded the "discount usability engineering" movement for fast and cheap improvements of user interfaces and invented several usability methods, including heuristic evaluation. He holds 58 US patents, many of which focus on ways to make the Internet easier to use. He has written the Alertbox column on Web usability since 1995 and is the author of Designing Web Usability: The Practice of Simplicity and Usability Engineering, plus eight other books.

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Table of Contents

Executive Summary.
What is Usability?
Generations of User Interfaces.
The Usability Engineering Lifecycle.
Usability Heuristics.
Usability Testing.
Usability Assessment Methods Beyond Testing.
Interface Standards.
International User Interfaces.
Future Developments.
Appendix A: Exercises.
Appendix B: Bibliography.
Author Index.
Subject Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2000

    Best primer on the subject

    This book is very clear and covers all the basics. An usability engineer will want more, but this is a good first one. I especially liked the chapter on inexpensive usability engineering methods, that even a small company can adopt. This is the authority, if you need one.

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