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World Usability Day 2005

in Design & Usability , Friday, November 04, 2005

Yesterday was the first World Usability Day, conceived and co-ordinated by the UPA. I decided to go along to the event held at the round table event hosted by the Universita della Svizzera italiana, in Lugano. Seeing as Lugano is situated in a small and relatively isolated part of Switzerland, not known for it's IT industry (at least not any more...), I was pleasently surprised by both the number of participants and the quality of the presentations. One bit of useful information which I picked up was finding out about the existence of Roger Pressman's work on software engineering processes. Although I haven't had any time to follow this up yet, it seems that he is one of the few people - or possibly the only one - to have thought about the integration of usability engineering into a full blown iterative software development process. Certainly something worth following up.