Integrating Human Factors in Information Systems Development: User Centred and Agile Development Approaches

  • Leonor TeixeiraEmail author
  • Vasco Saavedra
  • Beatriz Sousa Santos
  • Carlos Ferreira
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9745)


This paper presents an overview and discussion based on the literature review of recent research of some practices that incorporate human factors, emphasizing the user-centred design (UCD) and agile software development (ASD) approaches. Additionally, this article presents an experience of the development of a web-based application that aims to manage the clinical information in haemophilia care, which benefited from these practices, making use of some methods to support the collaboration and communication between designers, users, and developers. The results of our experience show that the hybrid approach, that combines the principles of UCD with values of ASD can help to integrate human factors into the software development process in a highly complex environment, characterized by missing information, shifting goals and a great deal of uncertainty, such as the healthcare field.


Human factors Information system development User-Centred design Agile software development Interactive software 



This work is funded by National Funds through FCT - Foundation for Science and Technology, in the context of the project PEst- OE/EEI/UI0127/2014.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leonor Teixeira
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  • Vasco Saavedra
    • 1
  • Beatriz Sousa Santos
    • 2
    • 3
  • Carlos Ferreira
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Economics, Management and Industrial EngineeringUniversity of AveiroAveiroPortugal
  2. 2.Department of Electronics, Telecommunications and InformaticsUniversity of AveiroAveiroPortugal
  3. 3.Institute of Electronics and Informatics Engineering of Aveiro (IEETA)AveiroPortugal

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