Introducing Usability in a Conceptual Modeling-Based Software Development Process

  • Jose Ignacio Panach Navarrete
  • Natalia Juristo Juzgado
  • Óscar Pastor
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7532)


Usability plays an important role to satisfy users’ needs. There are many recommendations in the HCI literature on how to improve software usability. Our research focuses on such recommendations that affect the system architecture rather than just the interface. However, improving software usability in aspects that affect architecture increases the analyst’s workload and development complexity. This paper proposes a solution based on model-driven development. We propose representing functional usability mechanisms abstractly by means of conceptual primitives. The analyst will use these primitives to incorporate functional usability features at the early stages of the development process. Following the model-driven development paradigm, these features are then automatically transformed into subsequent steps of development, a practice that is hidden from the analyst.


Model-Driven-Development Usability Conceptual Model 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jose Ignacio Panach Navarrete
    • 1
  • Natalia Juristo Juzgado
    • 2
  • Óscar Pastor
    • 3
  1. 1.Escola Tècnica Superior d’Enginyeria, Departament d’InformàticaUniversitat de ValènciaBurjassotSpain
  2. 2.Universidad Politécnica de MadridBoadilla del MonteSpain
  3. 3.Centro de Investigación en Métodos de Producción de SoftwareUniversitat Politècnica de ValènciaValenciaSpain

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