All November 2007: Volume 3, Issue 1 articles

Introduction to Volume 3, Issue 1

Welcome to the first issue of volume 3 of JUS! The ability to extract practical information from research articles still remains a challenge for any practitioner, particularly for usability practitioners. Caroline Jarrett, an associate editor in JUS, addresses this problem in her editorial: “On the problems and joys of reading research papers for practitioner purposes”. […] [Read More]

Problems and Joys of Reading Research Papers for Practitioner Purposes

Abstract In her essay, Jarrett discusses reasons that practitioners read research papers and the obstacles that they face when reading research papers. Jarrett provides several examples and suggestions for improving the accessibility of research papers for practitioners. Her suggestions include writing clear titles, ensuring that the abstract states the study population and limitations of the […] [Read More]

A Structured Process for Transforming Usability Data into Usability Information

Abstract Much research has been devoted to developing usability evaluation methods that are used in evaluating interaction designs. More recently, however, research has shifted away from evaluation methods and comparisons of evaluation methods to issues of how to use the raw usability data generated by these methods. Associated with this focus is the assumption that […] [Read More]

Decision Models for Comparative Usability Evaluation of Mobile Phones Using the Mobile Phone Usability Questionnaire (MPUQ)

Abstract A comparative usability evaluation was performed using various subjective evaluation methods, including Mobile Phone Usability Questionnaire (MPUQ). Further, decision-making models using Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) and multiple linear regression were developed and applied. Although the mean rankings of the four phones were not significantly different across the evaluation methods, there were variations across the […] [Read More]

Clustering for Usability Participant Selection

Abstract User satisfaction and usefulness are measured using usability studies that involve real customers. Given the nature of software development and delivery, having to conduct usability studies can become a costly expense in the overall budget. A major part of this expense is the participant costs. Under this condition, it is desirable to reduce the […] [Read More]