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Kaj Grønbæk

Supporting Active User Involvment in Prototyping

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  • Department of Computer Science
The term prototyping has in recent years become a buzzword in both research
and practice of system design due to a number of claimed advantages of
prototyping techniques over traditional specification techniques. In particular it
is often stated that prototyping facilitates the users' involvement in the
development process. But prototyping does not automatically imply active user
involvement! Thus a cooperative prototyping approach aiming at involving users
actively and creatively in system design is proposed in this paper. The key point
of the approach is to involve users in activities that closely couple development
of prototypes to early evaluation of prototypes in envisioned use situations.
Having users involved in such activities creates new requirements for tool
support. Tools that support direct manipulation of prototypes and simulation of
behaviour have shown promise for cooperative prototyping activities. Examples
of such tools are given and the ways that they support cooperative prototyping
within various use domains are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
JournalScandinavian Journal of Information Systems
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 1990

    Research areas

  • Cooperative prototyping, Direct manipulation, Prototyping, System design, User involvement

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