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Preparing Usability Supporting Architectural Patterns for Industrial Use


Pia Stoll, Len Bass , Bonnie E. John , Elspeth Golden

Publication Type:

Conference/Workshop Paper


International Workshop on the Interplay between Usability Evaluation and Software Development, I-USED 2008


CEUR Workshop proceedings series, ISSN 1613-0073


Usability supporting architectural patterns (USAPs) have been shown to provide developers with useful guidance for producing an software architecture design that supports usability in a laboratory setting [7]. In a close collaboration between researchers and software developers in the real world, the concepts were useful and the process wasn’t painful [2]. However, this process does not scale to industrial development efforts. In particular, development teams need to be able to use USAPs while being distributed world-wide and without contact with researchers, USAPs must support legacy or already partiallydesigned architectures, and when using multiple USAPs there could be a potentially overwhelming amount of information given to the software architects. In this paper, we describe the restructuring of USAPs using a pattern language to simplify the development and use of multiple USAPs. We also describe a delivery mechanism that is suitable for industrial-scale adoption of USAPs. The delivery mechanism involves organizing responsibilities into a hierarchy, utilizing a checklist to ensure responsibilities have been considered, and grouping responsibilities in a fashion that both supports use of multiple USAPs simultaneously and also points out reuse possibilities to the architect.


author = {Pia Stoll and Len Bass and Bonnie E. John and Elspeth Golden},
title = {Preparing Usability Supporting Architectural Patterns for Industrial Use},
month = {September},
year = {2008},
booktitle = {International Workshop on the Interplay between Usability Evaluation and Software Development, I-USED 2008},
publisher = {CEUR Workshop proceedings series, ISSN 1613-0073},
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