Session: Novel Programming CHI 2013: Changing Perspectives, Paris, France Use of an Agile Bridge in the Development of Assistive Technology Suzanne Prior Institute of Arts, Media and Computer Games University of Abertay Dundee, firstname.lastname@example.org ABSTRACT Annalu Waller, Rolf Black School of Computing University of Dundee email@example.com Thilo Kroll School of Nursing & Midwifery University of Dundee firstname.lastname@example.org Engaging with end users in the development of assistive technologies remains one of the major challenges for researchers and developers in the field of accessibility and HCI. Developing usable software systems for people with complex disabilities is problematic, software developers are wary of using user-centred design, one of the main methods by which usability can be improved, due to concerns about how best to work with adults with complex disabilities, in particular Severe Speech and Physical Impairments (SSPI) and how to involve them in research. This paper reports on how the adoption of an adapted agile approach involving the incorporation of a user advocate on the research team helped in meeting this challenge in one software project and offers suggestions for how this could be used by other development teams. Author Keywords other potential users other than themselves. Software developers have
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