Case Studies of End User Requirements for Interactive Problem-Solving Systems

Carlson, Eric D.; Grace, Barbara F.; Sutton, Jimmy A.
March 1977
MIS Quarterly;Mar77, Vol. 1 Issue 1, p51
Academic Journal
Interactive problem-solving is defined as user/machine dialogues to identify and solve problems with imprecise solution criteria. Although high payoffs from interactive problem-solving systems have been predicted, few such systems are in use. A key problem is the lack of understanding of the requirements of the potential users. This paper presents the results of case studies of the use of an interactive problem-solving system. Based on observations from these case studies, a list of user characteristics have been compiled relating to user behavior (e.g., data use and problem-solving methods) and user requirements (e.g., the need for involvement in the solution process).


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