How does it work?

How does it work?

With the help of the SAM_Tool you get suitable User-Centered Design (UCD) methods adapted to your product, the target group and the target industry.

1. Create new calculation

To obtain the appropriate UCD methods, please create a new calculation. Please click on the field for "Calculations" in the SAM_Tool main menu.

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In the next step please click on "+ Create" to create a new calculation.

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Now you have the possibility to enter an individual name for your calculation and to select the corresponding industry.

Note: The selection of the industry affects the result of the proposed UCD methods.

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2. Specify Factors and Filters

Now you have the possibility to specify factors and filters according to your preferences for the product to be developed. The SAM_Tool uses this information to calculate the most suitable UCD methods for your development project. Please navigate first to the "Factors" tab.

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3. Factors

In this view you have the possibility to evaluate different parameters according to the importance for your development project. The importance of a parameter is always compared to another parameter. The rating scale ranges from "9 = much more important" to "1/9 = much less important". The default setting is "1 = equally important".

Note: The following parameters are queried:

  • Preparatory effort
  • Conduction and evaluation effort
  • Number of test persons required
  • Implementation period
  • Objectivity (independence of the moderator and the framework conditions)
  • Reliability (repeatability)
  • Validity (validity)
  • Degree of innovation
  • Degree of literary basing
  • Fun factor for test persons
  • Degree of active participation required
  • Degree of integrability in the development phases
  • Level of required expertise of the moderator
  • Level of required experience of the test persons

 

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4. Filter

After you have set the values for the factors, please navigate to the "Filter" tab.

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The setting of the filters, which are divided into different categories, serves to further specify the selection of suitable UCD methods. Please enter one of the following options for each filter:

  • no filter: DThis filter is not taken into account.
  • no: The UCD method will not contain the corresponding filter parameter.
  • yes: Filtered according to UCD methods that contain this filter parameter.
  • yes+: It is filtered according to UCD methods that contain this filter parameter in particular.

 

5. results

After you have entered all desired filters, please click on "Results". All UCD methods will be listed according to your factors and filters. In the "Score" column, a score is displayed which indicates the suitability of the UCD method regarding the factors and filter settings. The higher this value, the more suitable the corresponding UCD method.

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