Usability and Utility Testing of The Soldier's Day Program

Vérification d'Usabilité et d'Utilité du Programme de la Journée du Soldat

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Authors
  1. Kumagai, J.K.
  2. Tack, D.W.
  3. Woods, H.J.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
Abstract
Soldier's Day (SD) provides a compendium of dismounted soldier's information including description of clothing and equipment, roles and tasks performed, organizational structure, soldier characteristics, and human factors guidelines and references. The aim of this trial was to investigate the usability and utility of the SD Multimedia database with representative stakeholders. Twenty-five users from the six stakeholder groups (Requirements Staff, Researchers, Engineering Staff, Designers and Manufacturers, Academia and Other Army Units) completed the assessment of SD. For the purpose of this trial, a number of modifications were made to include the development and addition of a Battle Dress model, mission operation scenarios and task flows, and updated reference materials and manuals. Both a group session and mail-outs were used to administer the usability/utility evaluations. There was good support for the usefulness of SD as a tool to support planning and analysis in a rang eof different occupations and areas of interest. The rating of utility was reasonably high suggesting that SD provided participants with many of the things they needed to support their tasks and that these things were useful. Participants found the software to be user friendly with a few exceptions related to more complex forms of navigation in the system. Features such as the Load List, the Notepad, Human Factors Basics and the History feature were not very highly rated, but a majority of users agreed t

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Keywords
Soldier's Day;Usability reviews;Software usability
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2002-110 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Jun 2002
Number of Pages
84
DSTKIM No
CA022093
CANDIS No
518913
Format(s):
Hardcopy

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