Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Definition of Usability Maturity

The very goal of COST294-MAUSE is to bring usability evaluation methods (UEMs) to maturity.
How we define "maturity" is yet an open issue. It seems we know what it means. However, when we come to assess how mature a specific UEM is, there is no explicit set of criteria to do so. To extend the question beyond the boundary of UEMs, how mature usability and user experience as a conceptual as well as practical notion is remains unclear, because we do not yet have an unanimous yardstick to assess its maturity.

Indeed, the integration efforts in the remaining lifetime of MAUSE is to consolidate our findings and views on assessing how far UEMs and usability has reached maturity and what we as well as the HCI community at large to bring them closer to maturity.

First and foremost, we need to have a common understanding about maturity.
Let's share our understanding of it!