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Exploring the role of usability in the software process a study of Irish software SMEs

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dc.contributor.author O'Connor, Rory V.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-01-20T17:18:49Z
dc.date.available 2012-01-20T17:18:49Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/1824
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract This paper explores the software processes and usability techniques used by Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) that develop web applications. The significance of this research is that it looks at development processes used by SMEs in order to assess to what degree usability is integrated into the process. This study seeks to gain an understanding into the level of awareness of usability within SMEs today and their commitment to usability in practice. The motivation for this research is to explore the current development processes used by SMEs in developing web applications and to understand how usability is represented in those processes. The background for this research is provided by the growth of the web application industry beyond informational web sites to more sophisticated applications delivering a broad range of functionality. This paper presents an analysis of the practices of several Irish SMEs that develop web applications through a series of case studies. With the focus on SMEs that develop web applications as Management Information Systems and not ECommerce sites, informational sites, online communities or web portals. This study gathered data about the usability techniques practiced by these companies and their awareness of usability in the context of the software process in those SMEs. The contribution of this study is to further the understanding of the current role of usability within the software development processes of SMEs that develop web applications. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Springer en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Communications in Computer and Information Science;Vol.42 Pt.5 pp. 161-172
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-04133-4_14
dc.rights The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com en_US
dc.subject software process improvement en_US
dc.subject software process en_US
dc.subject usability en_US
dc.subject SME en_US
dc.title Exploring the role of usability in the software process a study of Irish software SMEs en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.type.restriction none en
dc.contributor.sponsor SFI
dc.internal.authorcontactother roconnor@computing.dcu.ie


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