Collaboration Theory to Evaluate Usability in Enterprise

Enterprise Software products are very powerful tools aimed at increasing productivity and collaboration.The reality is that most enterprise software products are designed for a generic audience, and not a specific user in mind since it has to work for a variety of individuals within a team within a company which for the most part have unique variations of the same process. This is one of the reasons why usability for enterprise poses such a considerable challenge and, unfortunately, not enough research has been done related to the topic.

Unlike consumer focused software and applications which focus on user engagement and delight through great user experience. Enterprise Software products mostly focuses on task completion and process optimization, leaving the user experience as a second thought.

‘Collaboration Theory’ provides a great framework to evaluate interfaces, as well as detect and solve potential issues in interfaces of complex systems such as Enterprise Software. The theory is based on principles of communication, responsiveness, commitment and support between individuals. The idea behind this presentation is to propose a different approach to create interfaces suggesting that a computer system should be designed to act as the user’s partner in the process of goal achievement, creating “collaborative” interfaces.

In this presentation you will learn:

  • Challenges assessing usability for enterprise.
  • The principles of ‘Collaboration Theory’ and how to use them to evaluate interfaces.
  • Activity Centered Design as an approach to understand user and process that include complex interactions.
  • How to apply a ‘collaborative view’ in a cognitive walk-through.
  • Applied examples of collaborative interfaces.

The Enterprise
Location: Date: February 10, 2016 Time: 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm photo of Mariana Garcia Mariana Garcia