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Method characteristics for viable human factors engineering practice

Jonas Andersson (Institutionen för produkt- och produktionsutveckling, Design and Human Factors) ; Anna-Lisa Osvalder (Institutionen för produkt- och produktionsutveckling, Design and Human Factors)
Göteborg : Chalmers University of Technology, 2015. - 20 s.
[Rapport]

The difficulty of getting Human Factors Engineering (HFE) research knowledge into industrial practice is dictated by several constraints. The purpose of this study was to investigate the method needs of HFE practitioners in the development of human-control system interfaces. The aim was to establish requirements for a method to be useful in practice. An interview study was performed with 14 human factors engineers from different industrial domains in Sweden, such as process industry, air traffic management and defence. The interview results pointed several barriers and facilitators for efficient, practical method use. Nine method features are recommended for developing future HFE methods with improved industrial viability. The methods need to be tweakable, explicit, systematic, inspiring and adaptable for use in multidisciplinary teams. Furthermore the methods should work for varying levels of ambition, be transparent for all stakeholders, support measurability and fit into the development process.

Nyckelord: Human factors methods, control system, engineering design, industrial practice


CONCLUSIONS The study investigated HFE practitioners’ method needs in the development of human-control system interfaces. This resulted in nine requirements for an HFE method to be useful in practice: A method should be: tweakable to fit the working context systematic inspiring and fun to use adaptable for use in multidisciplinary teams work for varying levels of ambition be transparent for all stakeholders explicit in how to use it support measurability fit into the development process These features should be taken into account, and built in, when developing or adapting future human factors engineering methods for practical use. The rationale for including these features in method development is to strengthen the methods’ industrial viability, thereby improving the ability to get human factors engineering knowledge into practical use.



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Institutioner (Chalmers)

Institutionen för produkt- och produktionsutveckling, Design and Human Factors (2008-2017)

Ämnesområden

Produktion
Produktionsteknik, arbetsvetenskap och ergonomi

Chalmers infrastruktur

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Research series from Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Product and Production Development: report 95