Improve Your Task Analysis! Efficiency, Quality and Effectiveness Increase in Task Analysis Using a Software Tool

  • Vaishnavi UpadrastaEmail author
  • Harald Kolrep
  • Astrid Oehme
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 965)


As the field of Task Analysis (TA) is still fragmented and poorly understood by many, a software-tool, build by HFC Human-Factors-Consult GmbH, has been developed for easy and better TA. Purpose of the study is to evaluate the efficiency, quality and effectiveness of TA performed with the support of this software-tool. In the experiment, 36 participants conducted a total of two hierarchical-TA (HTA) on two given tasks, once using the new software-tool and the second using fundamental methods i.e. paper-&-pencil. The results indicated that the software-tool aided participants in producing good-quality analysis, provided support and guidance during the HTA-process and helped in maintaining a consistent performance-level in terms of both quality and effectiveness. The findings resulted in identifying the strengths and acknowledging the shortcomings of the new software-tool, thus providing a concrete direction for further improvements. Moreover, the study adds to literature by developing checklists to make this assessment, which in turn proposes components that characterizes a good TA.


Method Task analysis Hierarchical Task Analysis Software tool Support software 



The author is responsible for the content of this publication. We thank all participants for their time and effort and anonymous reviewers for their constructive comments. We would also like to show our gratitude to HMKW University of Applied Sciences for Media, Communication and Management, Berlin, for their support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vaishnavi Upadrasta
    • 1
    Email author
  • Harald Kolrep
    • 1
  • Astrid Oehme
    • 1
  1. 1.HFC Human-Factors-Consult GmbHBerlinGermany

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