Monthly Archives: March 2012

Teegavarapu, S. & Summers, J.D, Case study method for design research, ASME2008

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This paper is for those who do not have the time to read Yin’s case study research book. This paper picks up the main points of that book: Five components of research: case study questions case study propositions units of … Continue reading

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Kamppuri, M. 2012. Because deep down, we are not the same: values in cross-cultural design. interactions 19, 2

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Kampuri’s article is published in “under development” forum of interactions magazine. Under development focuses on hci and interaction design possibilities in developing communities. Thus the article is not a strict academic research report but something between travel story, essay, and … Continue reading

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Hwang, T., Pearce, I. & Nanis, M. 2012. Socialbots: voices from the fronts. interactions 19, 2

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This interaction article has an interesting take on social media and interesting format for an article. The article includes four small case articles written by other people. The authors are kind of editors. Although, not very deep or theoretical, the … Continue reading

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Wright et al. (2006) User Experience and the Idea of Design in HCI

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Wright et al. argue for new approaches for ideas of design in HCI based on the evolving concept of user. The proposition of the article is twofold: 1) there is a need for design-as-craft approach for complementing prevailing design-as-engineering approach, … Continue reading

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Commonalities of usability testing vs. field observations as a research method

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I have used field observations with video recording and think aloud in my research on exploratory software testing (ET) work. To me the similarities to usability testing seem obvious, but I have not explicitly used usability testing as a basis … Continue reading

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Heuristics in Software Testing and Usability Evaluation

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Heuristic evaluation is one of the well known approaches for usability evaluation. The goals of manual software testing are closely related to usability evaluation. Thus, it seems quite plausible that heuristics could be one practical way of applying certain types … Continue reading

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Cockton et al. (2009) Evolving and Augmenting Worth Mapping for Family Archives. HCI 2009.

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In the paper Cockton et al. presents the process of developing worth maps from field research and design sketches. Cockton et al. describes also the process of simplifying and fine-tuning the worth map format. Worth maps allows designing as connecting … Continue reading

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Olsson et al. (2008) Two-Stage Offshoring: An Investigation of the Irish Bridge, MIS Quarterly, 32(2) pp. 257-279

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Another good example of a case study paper. Paper tries to theorize the irish companies working as bridges between US and the offshoring country India in software development. Relational exchange theory was used to guide data collection and analysis. Interviews … Continue reading

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Trauth, E.M., Jessup, L.M., Understanding Computer-Mediated Discussions: Positivist and Interpretive Analyses of Group Support System Use, MIS Quarterly, 24(1), pp.43-79

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This paper is a good example of an case study paper. Four Group Support System (GSS) sessions were held to discuss gender equity at a State University. Focus of the paper was on the 2 analysing methods: positivist analysis and … Continue reading

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Rivard et al. (2011) An Organizational Culture-Based Theory of Clinical Information Systems Implementation in Hospitals, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, vol. 12, pp.124-162

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I read this paper as a good example of case study research. Paper builds a model from the concept of the level of difficulty of Clinical Information Systems (CIS) implementation. The model explains the cultural explanations as antecedents of the … Continue reading

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Medland, A.J (1992) Forms of Communications Observed During the Study of Design Activities in Industry, Journal of Engineering Design, 3 (3), pp. 243-253

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Paper identifies four types of communication models within design process: Delegation Reporting Awareness Problem handling (of design conflicts) With delegation the author refers to receiving instructions that defines the objectives for the design task and gives authority to proceed. The … Continue reading

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Hölttä, V., Eisto, T.(2011) Social Media Enabled Design Communication Structure in a Buyer-Supplier relationship. ICED11

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Below is an abstract of a paper that was published in ICED11 conference. Improving design communication in product development networks can lead to a better design process. This paper presents a new design communication structure in the buyer-supplier relationship better … Continue reading

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Hölttä, V.(2010) Enabling Efficient Communication of Quality Design Information. Design 2010

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Below is an abstract of a paper that was published in Design conference. Designing and manufacturing products requires the production and distribution of vast amounts of information. Due to the information intensive nature of the design process, poor communication of … Continue reading

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Hölttä, V.,Eisto, T., Nieminen, M. (2010) Impacts of Poor Communication of Design Information and Factors Leading to it. PLM10

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Below is an abstract of a paper published in PLM10 conference. It discusses the challenges in design communication. Design information is used in the design process by various people in the development network. Hence, the quality of that design information … Continue reading

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Cladwell et al. (1995) Appropriateness of communications media use in organizations: situation requirements and media characteristics, Behaviour & Information Technology

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Although this paper is a bit outdated to be taking about communication media, it tackles a topic many papers dismiss. Paper discusses the requirements that different communication situations set on the communication media. Eight situations were looked from 3 different … Continue reading

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Mackay et al. (2000) Reconfiguring the User: Using Rapid Application Development. Social Studies of Science 30(5). pp. 737-757

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The paper presents an analysis of the role of ‘user’ in a rapid application development project. The article utilizes Woolgar’s idea of configuring the user as basis or background and extends it to how in addition to users also producers … Continue reading

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Norman on affordances…. perceived affordances… signifiers

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Gaver’s technology affordances article reminded me about Norman’s quite recent rants on how the concept of affordance has been greatly misunderstood in the HCI and design communities. Thus, I reread the short Interactions articles: Donald A. Norman. 1999. Affordance, conventions, … Continue reading

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Gaver, W. (1991) Technology Affordances. In Proceedings of the CHI 1991, ACM Press: New York, 79 – 84.

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Gaver presents a compact presentation of potential and possibilities of the concept of affordance in HCI/design. Gaver’s presentation is more analytic than Norman’s introduction of the concept to design world a few years earlier (Psychology of everyday things, 1998). Gaver … Continue reading

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Dicks, R.S. (2002) Mis-usability: on the uses and misuses of usability testing. In Proceedings of the 20th annual international conference on Computer documentation (SIGDOC ’02). pp. 26-30

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DOI=10.1145/584955.584960 http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/584955.584960 Dicks discusses on the problems that he has noticed in testing practices and in teaching usability testing. At first, he reminds what characteristics are requited to call some testing a usability test. Dumas&Redish (1994; see references from the … Continue reading

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Dourish, P. (2004) Where the Action Is: The Foundations of Embodied Interaction. Chapter 2. Getting in Touch. pp 25-53.

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The second chapter is about tangible computing. Dourish starts from the history (ones again the PARC plays a key role) and then gives some examples of recent research activities in the area. Interestingly Dourish connects both ubquitous computing and virtual … Continue reading

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