Development of a Rich Picture editor: a user-centered approach

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This paper describes the development of a software
tool to support rich pictures creation for object-oriented analysis.
This software is useful both as an e-learning tool for bachelor-level
students, as well as for practitioners working with agile
methodologies. The transposition of manual rich picture practice
into software proved difficult, therefore, we decided to follow a
user-centered approach: design and implement a prototype with
basic functionalities, then run a usability test with a few students
and professionals. The feedback collected in the test validated our
hypothesis circa the need of software support for the authoring rich
pictures, but also forced us to re-consider the design of our
prototype. To gain a deeper understanding of the students' working
practice, we also reviewed rich pictures from past student projects.
All the information gathered through our study is guiding us in the
design of the tool next version. At a more general level we realized
that modern object-oriented development methodologies, such as
agile methods, are informed by design, hence they sometimes
assume design skills that programmers do not have or do not value.
TidsskriftInternational Journal on Advances in Intelligent Systems
Udgave nummer3 & 4
Sider (fra-til)187-199
StatusUdgivet - 2010


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