SIGIA-L Mail Archives: Re: [Sigia-l] Usability Testing comments
Re: [Sigia-l] Usability Testing comments from Giga
Date: Mon Mar 31 2003 - 09:47:02 EST
> ...IA is not a profession where every result can be reliably and
> 'engineered' from a codified set of rules.
Currently, this is unarguable.
> I don't think that's even needed.
> In an incredibly fast moving platform of technology and development, we
> to) deliver efficient (and hopefully enjoyable) results.
To quote Yoda: "Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try".
More seriously - speaking from the experience of working for a large
financial organization, costs need to be justified, we're not in a
position to "try" to deliver things and "hope" that they're successful. We
need to be as sure as possible (from measurable past experiences, proven
techniques, data, etc) that we will be successful.
> Furthermore, I predict IA will never attain the 'scientific' status some
> hope to achieve. IA is just as much a craft as medicine has been and is
> today. As I provided earlier, we've come from days of autopsies being
> by barbers to fantastic technological medical achievements. Medicine is
> of the most highly regulated, licensed and tested professions around.
> yet 50% of what doctors know today are invalid. So white lab coats are
> enough and to the extent that they may obscure the forest for the trees
> may even be detrimental in certain ways.
Are you arguing that Medicine is not a science?
I agree that IA will probably never get to the A + B = C point, however, I
agree with Jared that we currently have a very low level of confidence in
the predictability of our solutions (unlike the field of Medicine where a
much higher percentage of actions and consequences are predictable). If we
could even approach the 50% figure you mention above we'd be far more
- Richard Dalton
P.S. Listera - i'm intrigued to know who you work for, because they
would seem to have a very different view on the cost/benefit of IA!
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