Early Usability Evaluation in Model Driven Architecture Environments

Author(s): Abrahao, S.; Insfran, E.
Venue: Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Quality Software
Date: 2006


DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/QSIC.2006.26
Type of Experiment: Experimental Validation

The authors of this work present a framework to include usability during the model-driven architecture development process, specifically for early evaluation. The framework, which outputs a list of usability problems that can be fixed at either the platform independent model (PIM) or the platform specific model (PSM), is applied to the OlivaNova Model Execution (ONME) MDA tool. ONME "is a MDA tool that uses models to separate the conceptual specification (PIM) from its software implementations (CM) and the corresponding transformations rules (PSM)."

The study discussed in the paper uses their framework's underlying usability model to evaluate and improve the usability of a software system at the platform independent model (PIM) level. The discovered usability problems are explained along with suggested solutions.