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Improve Web Development Lifecycle through RUPİ

The Rational Unified Processİ (RUPİ) provides an extensive and an industry standard framework of best practices to organize software and web development projects in terms of disciplines and phases.

The RUPİ provides guidelines, examples, and templates based on experience from thousands of projects, and creates a roadmap for the whole team involved. Suitable for both small and large projects.

The iterative approach integrates Interface Design and Usability Engineering smoothly. Therefor the RUPİ can contribute to increasing awareness and/or understanding of the benefits of User-Centred Design.

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Pieter-Jan Pruuost - February 10, 2003

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Usability requirements: how to specify, test and report usability

This web site provides a guide for how to specify, test and report usability requirements as part of a contractual relationship between a supplier and acquirer.

It includes the downloadable report, and case studies of four trials carried out in Europe by the EU-funded PRUE project.

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  • The PRUE Project website Open link in new window

Pieter-Jan Pruuost - January 07, 2003

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Cost effective User Centred Design - Winning strategies

This resource describes simple user-centred methods recommended by the TRUMP project to improve the usability of end products and systems.

The TRUMP project has successfully raised the usability maturity of two large organisations and is providing information to help other organisations achieve similar results.

TRUMP provides methods, case studies, various resources, and even real humans one can get in touch with.

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  • The TRUMP Project website Open link in new window

Pieter-Jan Pruuost - January 07, 2003

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Information Architecture: Blueprints for the Web

In the introduction, Christina Wodtke claims that her book on IA isn't for people doing IA for a living – "most of it will probably be old hat." It might be true, that her book won't make a revolution for the IA field, but it is very enlightening to read about Wodtke's practical use of the techniques and principles of IA. And there's no armchair theory here. Everything is backed up by cases, examples, and practical advice on how to make everything work in the real world.

The book concentrates on traditional IA practices, such as:
- User research
- Organising content
- Card sorting
- Personas, scenarios and task analysis
- Site and flow diagramming
- Wireframing and storyboarding

At the end of the book, you'll also find some she-devil tricks on how to persuade you boss and co-workers to do things your way. Highly revealing - my girlfriend is never going to fool me again.

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  • The book at amazon.com Open link in new window
  • The book at amazon.co.uk Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - November 14, 2002

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See also: Books (44)  Prototyping and wireframing (52)  Card sorting (11)  Site and flow diagramming (5)  User research (18)  Usability testing (45)  Personas (17) 


 

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Survival of the fittest through iterative design

Comparing iterative design with Darwin's concept of natural selection, John S. Rhodes from WebWord.com explains why iterative design and testing are important.

Natural selection happens through the production of many offsprings, each with their unique differences. The ones that are strong and fit in a way that make them succeed in their environment, will survive. That's why many quick and dirty prototypes (offsprings) and continuous testing (selection in a natural environment) are important to a successful development workflow.

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  • Evolution, Usability, and Web Design Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - July 30, 2002

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See also: Tips and guidelines (80)  Usability testing (45)  Prototyping and wireframing (52) 


 

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The usability lifecycle

In this article Jakob Nielsen criticizes two common approaches to Web development - the waterfall model and the let's-just-throw-something-out-there-and-see-if-it-sticks approach. While the waterfall model fails because most people can't read requirement specifications, the outcome of a mud-slinging approach will drive the customers away.

What does work, according to Jakob Nielsen, is iterative design. In the article he outlines what he thinks is the best workflow for Web development.

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  • The article: The usability lifecycle Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - March 29, 2002

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Macromedia Website Production Management Techniques

Lots of wise people have made development management frameworks for software and Web site production that covers everything form initial requirement research to site maintenance. Now Macromedia has started outlining their recommendations for the Web development process.

The framework is a joint effort by Macromedia and Kelly Goto, co-author of the book Web ReDesign: Workflow That Works and is available online at Macromedia's Web site.

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  • Macromedia's Website Production Management Techniques Open link in new window
  • The book Web ReDesign (at Amazon.co.uk) Open link in new window
  • The book Web ReDesign (at Amazon.com) Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - March 04, 2002

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