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The application of traditional methods for product or work system design is often confronted with the problem of end-user’s acceptance because of misunderstanding of the implemented changes, mismatching of needs and requirements and a misappropriate allocation of functions between the users and the system. At last but not at least: the users have to grasp the underlying rationality in the predicted system changes. Those well-known problems of expert driven approaches leaded to new methods of user involvement and of cooperative or participatory design to reach a better comprehension about the system’ s problems and to improve the problem solving with the user’ s knowledge about their work processes. But those methods are also confronted with the well-known problem mentioned already above: the end-users, in this case the traditional designers or ergonomic consultants has to understand the rationality behind the new methods for to adapt them to his own context of work as a basis for success, acceptance and further development in their work, i.e. their design processes. Therefore it is the aim of this study to develop a general model of a participatory design strategy, which shows the underlying principles and the interactions between designers and users. The name of this model is „B-VOR“, with the two meanings of the German abbreviation: Beteiligungsorientierte Vorgehensweise (Engl. Participatory Method) and the German word „Bevor“ (Engl.: before) to point out the importance of a certain process of mutual comprehension between designer and users before problem solving starts Show more
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Book titleHuman-computer interaction : proceedings of HCI International '99 (the 8th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction), Munich, Germany, August 22-26, 1999
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PublisherLawrence Erlbaum Associates Inc.
SubjectParticipatory Design; Participatory Ergonomics; Project Methodology
Organisational unit02120 - Dep. Management, Technologie und Ökon. / Dep. of Management, Technology, and Ec.
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