Early Validation of a Design Method Based on Structured Reflection

DS 30: Proceedings of DESIGN 2002, the 7th International Design Conference, Dubrovnik

Year: 2002
Editor: Marjanovic D.
Author: Ivashkov, M. Y.; van Overveld, C. W. A. M.
Section: Design information systems & knowledge management
Page(s): 343-348


The concistency and usefulness of a design method based on the idea of structured reflections (DMSR) are difficult to assess without having a working software prototype. In order to develop software requirements for such a prototype it is useful to validate the ideas underlying both the method and its formalism as early as possible. The presence of credible user feedback facilitates decisions in later stages of the development. This paper describes early validation of DMSR. The usage of a re-engineering context for design assignments allows validation of a simplified version of DMSR without having dedicated software at hand. We present our approach together with an example of its practical usage and the results.

Keywords: rapid prototyping, software requirements, re-engineering, assessment methods, spreadsheets, patent, creativity, attribute, concept


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