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IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication

Issue 3 • Date Sep 1994

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  • A data-collection strategy for usability tests

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):149 - 156
    Cited by:  Papers (1)
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    Because usability data can be expensive to collect and analyze, it is important that you collect the data you need to answer the usability test-questions. The article describes a two-part strategy to help with this aspect of a usability study. The first part of the strategy is to investigate the questions the product team has about its product and turn these questions into well-defined usability q... View full abstract»

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  • Techniques for managing a usability test

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):143 - 148
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    Investing time, energy, and money in a usability test pays off when the data you collect answer your questions. Who makes sure usability tests meet their information-gathering goals? The project manager, who has to be ready to solve the many problems that inevitably arise. The paper assumes the reader has taken a course on usability methods or has conducted a usability test with the assistance of ... View full abstract»

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  • User manuals as project management tools. II. Practical applications

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):123 - 142
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    In a companion paper (1994) I argued that the mismatch of a delivered Information System (IS) to the users' expectations of it is a frequent cause of project failure. These expectations are held in a conceptual structure, referred to by some authors as a mental model. Helping users develop appropriate mental models of the new IS in an early project phase is an important element in managing expecta... View full abstract»

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  • Describing collaborative forms: a profile of the team-writing process

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):163 - 170
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    The paper examines collaborative writing practices students in the Air Force Institute of Technology's Graduate School of Logistics and Acquisition Management use to produce team-authored theses. In analyzing how student writing teams plan, execute, and assess writing activities, the researchers identify and describe some of the forms that collaboration takes, thereby successfully connecting their... View full abstract»

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  • The rhetorical nature of academic research funding

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):157 - 162
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    To better understand the complex relationship between academic researchers and funding agencies, the author interviewed 15 academic researchers regarding their views, suggestions, and difficulties in coordinating the proposal process. Data suggest that academic research funding is highly rhetorical, and that successful researchers have well-developed managerial, organizational, and communication s... View full abstract»

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  • When the basics aren't enough: finding a comprehensive editor

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):171 - 174
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    In today's competitive markets, organizations may be tempted to reduce costs by cutting staff or hiring less skilled, and thus less costly, staff. At the same time, and for the same reasons, the need for higher quality in reports and manuals grows. As companies begin to invest in quality, they are finding that “good” is no longer good enough. To achieve excellence, staff must have the ... View full abstract»

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  • When the medium is (much of) the message: the domain of structured document processors

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):175 - 178
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    Structured document processors (SDPs) are specialized document production systems integrating word processing, databases, document management, and other functions. SDPs make heavy use of standardized document layout and format to convey meaning. They replace less specialized word-processing or desktop-publishing programs when a project requires production of a large interlocking system of standard... View full abstract»

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  • The evolution of communication vehicles: linear progress and cyclical progress

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):179 - 182
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    Examines several aspects of communication methods (`vehicles') and the various types of progress that have been made over the years. Much of the progress we have made in communicating is rooted strongly in our past. Much of the future of our communication vehicles will be rooted in our present and our understanding of our present. In this paper, we focus our discussion on six aspects of communicat... View full abstract»

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