Integrating Usability Supporting Architectural Patterns in a Product Line System's Architecture (SATURN 2009)
This presentation was created for the SATURN conference series and does not necessarily reflect the positions and views of the Software Engineering Institute.
This presentation will describe the application of Usability Supporting
Architectural Patterns (USAPs) to the architecture design of a product
line of systems. The patterns were delivered by a web-enabled prototype
tool. The tool prompted the designers with architecture
responsibilities specific to their chosen usability scenarios, then
required the designers to respond to each responsibility and
additionally provided the designer with implementation instructions in
a textual, rather than a component, form. The designers used the USAP
delivery tool in the early design phase and were extremely positive.
Two designers using the USAP delivery tool for six hours discovered 14
major issues related to usability support in the core architecture that
were not previously incorporated in the architecture design. Two
potential new subsystems were identified during this exercise.