Articles by Mary Theofanos

Mary Frances Theofanos is a
Computer Scientist in the
Visualization and Usability Group in
the Information Access Division of
the National Institute of Standards
and Technology. She leads the
Industry Usability Reporting (IUSR)
Project, developing standards for usability such as the
Common Industry Format for Usability Test Reports.
Previously, she was the Manager of the National Cancer
Institute’s (NCI) Communication Technologies Research
Center (CTRC) a state-of-the-art usability testing
facility. Before joining NCI, Mary spent 15 years as a
program manager for software technology at the Oak
Ridge National Laboratory complex of the U.S.
Department of Energy.

Towards the Design of Effective Formative Test Reports

Abstract Many usability practitioners conduct most of their usability evaluations to improve a product during its design and development. We call these “formative” evaluations to distinguish them from “summative” (validation) usability tests at the end of development. A standard for reporting summative usability test results has been adopted by international standards organizations. But that standard […] [Read More]