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Procurer usability requirements: Negotiations in contract development

Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction

Author: Artman, H.
Year: 2002
Type: Conference Paper


This article describes a case study that examined one procurer's reasoning about and work with usability-related issues as well as the contractor's response to those requirements. The aim of this study was to examine the procurer's power to direct the system development process according to user-centred principles and indeed to point out its responsibility to use that power. The study elucidated the procurer's and the contractor's differing views of usability. The results suggest that the project leaders from the two organisations examined in this study had differing views of usability and that both approached usability more from a business perspective than from a user perspective. Furthermore, we found that the procurer valued user-centred activities less for their results than for the opportunity they gave to come in contact with the user's point of view and then to visualize the requirements concretely. We conclude this article with an analysis of some contradictions within and between the two organisations from a socio-cultural point of view. We suggest some mundane but nevertheless important requirements that procurers should think of when contracting consultants.

Further Details

Pages 9
Volume 31
Publish Location Aarhus, Denmark
Accession Number July, 2002
Research Notes Electronic copy added 19/08/2013
Keywords Europehuman computer interactionprocurement

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