about Linda Macaulay

Linda A Macaulay
Professor of System Design / Manchester Business School
The University of Manchester, Booth Street East, M15 6PB

Research Projects and Funding

User Skills and Task Match

Duration:2 years (1986-1987)
Funding body:Alvey Project (SERC/DTI/ICL)
Project effort:4 person years
Grant value:100,000
Status:Principal investigator
Industrial collaboration:ICL
Co-investigator:Dr.Chris Fowler (Behavioural Scientist)
Consultants:Professor Ken Eason, Susan Harker, HUSAT
The aim of the project was to examine how knowledge of Human Factors could be applied to the requirements stage of a project such that the resulting product would match the knowledge and skills of the users. The project involved close collaboration with ICL product teams. A number of tools and techniques were designed, tested and refined through a series of workshops held within the company. The main outcome was prototype methodology for user-centred requirements capture. The methodology was ultimately adopted as part of the ICL ‘Marketing to Design’ company strategy.

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