SWE 205 Assignment 1
Usability Problem : Due Thursday 1 February
It is easy to make things hard. It is hard to make things easy.
- A. Chapanis, 1982
Your first assignment has two parts.
- Introduce yourself to the class on
Tell us who you are:
your class (sophomore, ...),
and why you are taking the class.
Also, tell us one interesting thing about yourself
and post a picture.
Please post as a followup discussion to my introduction
(@6, folder introduction).
- Sometime in the next week,
find a simple usability problem (UP) in your daily life.
The UP could be software on your computer,
something on the web,
or something in real life ...
your home, clothes, road signs, phone, whatever.
Only one restriction: You can’t use an example we’ve already mentioned in class or on
Submit a short (less than a page) description of the UP.
Explain the problem,
describe how it affects you,
and discuss a possible solution.
If appropriate and possible,
bring a picture or example to class.
I prefer you to post your UP on
but you can bring hard copies to class if you would rather.
Be prepared to explain your example to the class.
You can do the second part collaboratively.