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A survey of usability capability maturity models: implications for practice and research

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Improving the position and effectiveness of user-centred design (UCD) in software and product development is a challenge in many companies. One step towards improvements is to carry out a usability capability maturity (UCM) assessment to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of a development organisation in UCD. While several diverse UCM models have been introduced, little research has been published in the public domain on these models. The paper aims to fill this gap by analysing the main features of the models. The results show that most models represent different approaches – although some of them have the same roots – meaning that understanding one model is not enough to understand the basics of another model. All models can be used for examining the status of UCD in individual development projects. In addition, models provide various means for assessment of the status of UCD in other organisational areas. The level of documentation of models varies a lot, and very few empirical research results exist. Based on the results, implications for practice and research are suggested.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland 2: Otaru University of Commerce, Otaru, Japan 3: Lloyds' Register, London, UK

Publication date: May 1, 2006

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