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SUMI: the Software Usability Measurement Inventory

SUMI: the Software Usability Measurement Inventory SUMI: the Software Usability Measurement Inventory lurek Kirukowski und M m y Corbett. Humun Factors Reseurch Group, University College, Cork, lrelund SUMI is a solution to the recurring problem of measuring users’ perception of the usability of software. It provides a valid and reliable method for the comparison of competing products and differing versions of the same product, as well as providing diagnostic information for future developments. It consists of a %)-item questionnaire devised in accordance with psychometric practice. It is intended to be administered to a sample of users who have had some experience of using the software to be evaluated. The concept of usability as assessed by SUM1 draws on the definition in IS0 9241, and relates to the European Directive on Health and Safety Standards for Workers with VDU Equipment. In order to use SUMI effectively we recommend a minimum of ten users. In special circumstances where SUMI is being used for diagnostic purposes, then a smaller sample size may be adequate. SUMI needs a working version of the software before usability can be measured: software is rarely created from a vacuum, and the real (or total) software life-cycleextends long before and after the sometimes http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png British Journal of Educational Technology Wiley

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 1993 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
0007-1013
eISSN
1467-8535
DOI
10.1111/j.1467-8535.1993.tb00076.x
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Abstract

SUMI: the Software Usability Measurement Inventory lurek Kirukowski und M m y Corbett. Humun Factors Reseurch Group, University College, Cork, lrelund SUMI is a solution to the recurring problem of measuring users’ perception of the usability of software. It provides a valid and reliable method for the comparison of competing products and differing versions of the same product, as well as providing diagnostic information for future developments. It consists of a %)-item questionnaire devised in accordance with psychometric practice. It is intended to be administered to a sample of users who have had some experience of using the software to be evaluated. The concept of usability as assessed by SUM1 draws on the definition in IS0 9241, and relates to the European Directive on Health and Safety Standards for Workers with VDU Equipment. In order to use SUMI effectively we recommend a minimum of ten users. In special circumstances where SUMI is being used for diagnostic purposes, then a smaller sample size may be adequate. SUMI needs a working version of the software before usability can be measured: software is rarely created from a vacuum, and the real (or total) software life-cycleextends long before and after the sometimes

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British Journal of Educational TechnologyWiley

Published: Sep 1, 1993

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