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Authors: Hill, David R.
Keywords: Computer Science
Issue Date: 1-Nov-1985
Abstract: This report summarises the participation of the Human-Computer Systems (HCS) group members in the Jade project which ran from November 1982 to October 1985. On the downside: (a) the Jade HCS group comprised mostly people with no HCS experience; (b) conflicting goals within Jade dictated a split within the project that re-inforced a natural division of interests; (c) restricted resources and necessary priorities meant the allocation of effort to the HCS work was low; (d) speedy implementation dictated avoidance of just those problems that would stimulate research; (e) it proved impossible to produce an objective definition of the user and the user's needs; (f) the group did not press hard for tools development within Jade. On the upside: (a) the group promoted communication by open meetings and a willingness to consider all viewpoints; (b) a pragmatic approach was adopted to problems of conflict; (c) significant new research was carried out into a variety of diverse and important problems under the umbrella of the Multimedia Adaptive Workstation for the Disabled (MAWD) project; (d) an excellent Jade User Manual was produced; (e) a succinct statement of practical dialogue design principles was laid down; (f) significant extra funding was generated (76,000) and (g) a number of refereed research publications were published together with a variety of internal reports. The HCS group experience was very similar to that reported by similar groups involved in similar projects. The problem of the programmer as a user remains an unsolved problem. Jade itself has been a big experiment, and we are still collecting data.
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