Use of an agile bridge in the development of assistive technology

Suzanne Prior, Annalu Waller, Rolf Black, Thilo Kroll

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    Abstract

    Engaging with end users in the development of assistive technologies remains one of the major challenges for researchers and developers in the field of accessibility and HCI. Developing usable software systems for people with complex disabilities is problematic, software developers are wary of using user-centred design, one of the main methods by which usability can be improved, due to concerns about how best to work with adults with complex disabilities, in particular Severe Speech and Physical Impairments (SSPI) and how to involve them in research. This paper reports on how the adoption of an adapted agile approach involving the incorporation of a user advocate on the research team helped in meeting this challenge in one software project and offers suggestions for how this could be used by other development teams.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
    Pages1579-1588
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)9781450318990
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 27 Apr 2013
    Event31st Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Changing perspectives - Palais de Congrès de Paris, Paris, France
    Duration: 27 Apr 20132 May 2013
    Conference number: 31
    http://chi2013.acm.org/

    Conference

    Conference31st Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
    Abbreviated titleCHI 2013
    Country/TerritoryFrance
    CityParis
    Period27/04/132/05/13
    Internet address

    Keywords

    • Severe Speech and Physical Impairments
    • Assistive technology
    • User centred design
    • Agile methodology

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