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Benefits of Integrating Usability and Software Engineering Methods


A major problem of current software engineering methods is their failure to support the design of the end-user interface, and especially the human-computer interaction of graphical user interfaces. MUSE (Method for Usability Engineering) makes good this deficiency by integrating the scope, process and products of a state-of-the-art usability engineering method with those of software engineering methods.

The aims of the project are:

i) to apply MUSE to a range of different software engineering methods to enhance their design of end-user interfaces, and especially the human-computer interaction of graphical user interfaces
ii) to assess the costs and benefits of applying MUSE to improve software engineering practice as it concerns human-computer interactions
iii) to disseminate the results of the application of MUSE (as in (i)) and its associated costs and benefits as in (ii)).

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts


Philips Research Laboratories Ltd
Cross Oak Lane
RH1 5HA Redhill
United Kingdom

Participants (4)

EDS - Scicon
United Kingdom
Electrowatt Engineering Services Ltd
United Kingdom
Philips Analytical
University College London
United Kingdom