The Human Element in Systems Design Essay by CalDR

The Human Element in Systems Design
This paper discusses the evolution of the concept that systems designs are made to serve the end-user.
# 28312 | 1,905 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Jun 24, 2003 in Computer and Technology (General) , Engineering (General)

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This paper reviews the work of Edsger Dijkstra and mentors who brought human factors to the science of systems design. The author explains Dijkstra realized in the early days of operating system design that computers had the ability to become familiar household items but only if they were easy to use and did not cause more problems than they solved. The paper stresses that many computer design engineers become stuck in the abstract phase of design and fail to make the jump to thinking that their ideas are an actual sellable product.

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