Put yourself in the place of a project manager who is tasked to analyze a software or hardware product. You may analyze a software or hardware product of your choice. Examples might be a Samsung smartwatch, Facebook mobile application, Amazon's webpage, Tesla car user interface.
For this assignment, you are going to be submitting an organized analysis of this product. You will work individually on this assignment. Your analysis will include the following items:
- Product description - 150 words or less about what the product is and at least one screenshot. The screenshot should have a caption under it.
- User analysis - Who uses the product, what is their demographic (age, skill set, previous experience, ability, etc.)
- Task analysis - This is a breakdown of the software. For a given action (choose 3 things the application does) What does the system do, what does the user do.
- Context, situations, environment - Where does someone use this software?
- Conceptual design - Follow the template found on our second lecture slides. You should have at least 3 key objects.
- Design metaphors - What metaphors are used that people can relate to. Are they good or bad?
- Design critique - Do you think this software is well designed? Pick 2 attributes (color palette, shape, etc.) to critique about the design
- Design improvements - What would you do to improve this product? (Base this discussion on each of the two design critiques)
- Future testing - How would you test your two design improvements?
Grading Rubric and Submission
You will submit your homework as a pdf on Blackboard for the CS 5340 course. Please do not e-mail me your submission. You may use tools like Google Docs, Microsoft Word, or Libre Office can generate .pdf files.
The following rubric will be used to evaluate your work:
- Product description: 5 points (with at least 1 screenshot)
- User analysis: 5 points
- Task analysis: 20 points
- Context, situations, environment: 10 points
- Conceptual design: 20 points
- Design metaphors: 10 points
- Design critique: 10 points
- Design improvements: 10 points
- Future testing: 10 points
Remember, for any images or other resources you include, you must put a citation acknowledging the authors work for where that resource was obtained.