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Lean Design Critique

Posted on Nov 15, 2014 in Eclipse, Process, Tools

Optimize UX when Design Time is Limited – Eclipse Con 2014 Talk by Tracy Miranda

Eclipse tools for scientific and related industries are often feature rich. However, there is often limited time and/or budget for optimizing the user-experience of these tools. Lean design critique is a 7-step technique to get the most worthwhile optimizations in a short space of time.

This talk follows a case study of applying this technique to the function fitting tool in the Data Analysis WorkbeNch (DAWN). Data Analysis WorkbeNch (DAWN – http://www.dawnsci.org/) is an Eclipse based workbench for doing scientific data analysis used at synchrotrons and scientific facilities throughout Europe. The function fitting tool is a scientific tool that enables the user to methodically find the best fit (in terms of a mathematical function like linear or Gaussian) for a series of data points. This tool was run through the seven stages, namely:
1. Identify the 90% task
2. Do a Cognitive Walkthrough
3. Analyse Eye Travel, Mouse Travel & Clicks
4. Analyse Screen Space Usage
5. Explore Existing Designs
6. Optimize
7. Rerun Analysis

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