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Designing Software for Users:
Process and Tools to Define a Starting Point
for a Design Solution

May 2, 2003
Portland State University

On May 2, 2003, a Workshop titled "Designing Software for Users: Process and Tools to Define a Starting Point for a Design Solution" was held at Portland State University, Portland, OR. The facilitators were Anne Schur, Chief Scientist and Steve Matsumoto, Manager of Publications Usability & Programming from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

A total of 33 people participated from many academic institutions in the Northwest including; Clark College (2) , Evergreen State College (3), Lewis and Clark College (2), Montana State University (2), Montana State University-Bozeman (1), Pacific University (1), Pacific Lutheran University (2), Portland Community College (2), Reed college (1), University of Oregon (7), University of Washington (4), Washington Sate University (1), Whitman College (5), and WICHE (1). The participants represented a broad range of departments from Technology Services to College Relations and came with diverse backgrounds in the computer technology domain. The participant's expertise ranged from web designers, networking specialists, analyst-programmers, and Directors for Computing Services and Administrative Technology.

The goal of the workshop was to provide process and tools to enable participants to define a starting point for a design solution when the design problem is ill defined. Hands-on exercises were applied throughout the workshop to enable participants to explore the process and how-to strategies and techniques they had learned. The workshop targeted novices acquainted with the domain of software development but having no detailed knowledge. Familiarity with human-computer interface design and software engineering processes was considered to be an advantage. It was expected that many kinds of attendees would benefit from the human-computer interface designer to the system analyst, software or hardware developer, and project manager.

All participants received copies of the lecture overheads and a workbook containing instructions and worksheets to support the hands-on exercises.


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