CRADL member Benjamin Koehne successfully advanced to Ph.D. Candidacy in the Informatics program (Information & Computer Sciences) at UC Irvine.
Benjamin presented his survey paper entitled “Usability Inspections in Distributed Software Development Teams: Learning and Human-Centered Design in Virtual Worlds” on Oct. 11, 2012.
Advancement committee members: Prof. David Redmiles (chair), Prof. Gary Olson, Walt Scacchi, Prof. Peter Krapp, and Prof. Aditi Majumder.
Abstract: Geographically distributed work has become a popular way to work in various industry sectors. Distributed software development teams face many challenges in their daily work. While numerous problem reports provide insights into managerial difficulties associated to different stages of the software development process, little is known about specific technologies and practices that support usability inspections in distributed teams. Usability inspections represent core activities in software development projects that are still underresearched and difficult to employ in distributed development contexts. In this survey, a theoretical framework is presented that connects the application of virtual world technology, human-centered design principles, and a focus on continuous learning. The framework promotes the use of usability inspections in distributed software development teams and provides a new perspective on learning usability inspection techniques.