SWE 205 Assignment 1
Spring 2018
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.

  1. Introduce yourself to the class on Piazza. Tell us who you are: your major, 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).

  2. 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 Piazza.

    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 Piazza, 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.