User studies : a practical approach to user involvement for gathering user needs and requirements

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor.author Kujala, Sari
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-10T09:21:08Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-10T09:21:08Z
dc.date.issued 2002-06-07
dc.identifier.isbn 951-22-5900-1
dc.identifier.issn 1456-9418
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/2181
dc.description.abstract This thesis investigates the role of user involvement in the early phases of product development. It is generally believed that usability and more accurate user requirements are achieved through the involvement of potential users in product development. First, the benefits and challenges of user involvement identified in the literature were reviewed. It was discovered that early user involvement has positive effects on user and customer satisfaction and requirements quality, but it may additionally have negative effects on product development time and cost. A practical approach to early user involvement referred to as 'user study' was synthesised to find a way to apply cost-effectively early user involvement to real product development contexts. The goal of the user study is cost-effectively to gather data on users and their needs and to translate them to user requirements that support the development of useful and usable products. The user study approach was then evaluated in four case studies in five different product development companies. The first and second study focused on the usefulness of user studies. The third study investigated introducing the user study approach to a real product development context. The fourth study concerned representing the results of user studies: bridging the gap between user needs and user requirements. The results presented in the thesis reveal that early user involvement is useful even in a short time frame with relatively low costs. The results additionally provide further support for the successful implementation of user involvement in the early phases of the product development. en
dc.format.extent 61, [66]
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Helsinki University of Technology en
dc.publisher Teknillinen korkeakoulu fi
dc.relation.ispartofseries Acta polytechnica Scandinavica. Ma, Mathematics and computing series en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 116 en
dc.relation.haspart Kujala, S. (2002). User Involvement: A Review of the Benefits and Challenges. In Soininen, T. (Ed.), Preprints, Software Business and Engineering Institute, Helsinki University of Technology, Report no.: HUT-SoberIT-B1. Espoo, Finland, pp. 1-32.
dc.relation.haspart Kujala, S. and Mäntylä, M. (2000). Studying Users for Developing Usable and Useful Products. In Gulliksen, J., Oestreicher, L., Severinson Eklundh, K. (Eds.), NordiCHI2000, Design versus Design (Proceedings of 1st Nordic Conference on Computer-Human Interaction), pp. 1-11.
dc.relation.haspart Kujala, S. and Mäntylä, M. (2000). How Effective Are User Studies? In McDonald, S., Waern, Y., and Cockton, G. (Eds.), People and Computers XIV (Proceedings of Human-Computer Interaction 2000 Conference), Springer-Verlag, pp. 61-71.
dc.relation.haspart Kujala, S., Kauppinen, M., and Rekola, S. (2001). Bridging the Gap between User Needs and User Requirements. In Avouris, N. and Fakotakis, N. (Eds.) Advances in Human-Computer Interaction I (Proceedings of the Panhellenic Conference with International Participation in Human-Computer Interaction PC-HCI 2001), Typorama Publications, pp. 45-50. [article4.pdf] © 2001 PC-HCI. By permission.
dc.relation.haspart Kujala, S., Kauppinen, M., and Rekola, S. (2001). Introducing User Needs Gathering to Product Development: Increasing Innovation and Customer Satisfaction. In Hirose, M. (Ed.), Human-Computer Interaction INTERACT '01 (Proceedings of Interact 2001 Conference), IOS Press, pp. 856-861.
dc.subject.other Economics en
dc.subject.other Computer science en
dc.title User studies : a practical approach to user involvement for gathering user needs and requirements en
dc.type G5 Artikkeliväitöskirja fi
dc.description.version reviewed en
dc.contributor.department Department of Computer Science and Engineering en
dc.contributor.department Tietotekniikan osasto fi
dc.subject.keyword user involvement en
dc.subject.keyword usability en
dc.subject.keyword user needs en
dc.subject.keyword user requirements en
dc.subject.keyword requirements elicitation en
dc.identifier.urn urn:nbn:fi:tkk-001511
dc.type.dcmitype text en
dc.type.ontasot Väitöskirja (artikkeli) fi
dc.type.ontasot Doctoral dissertation (article-based) en


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