& Class Notes
3724 - Human Computer Interaction - Summer 2005 -- Pardha S. Pyla
6: Project Presentation
Due at your
team's assigned class time on the class calendar.
This is the
part of your project where you get to show everyone else in the class
what you've been doing all this time.
What To Do
present a 15-minute "slide show", showing off your project and
informing the class about what happened in each step.
How To Do
- Prepare a 15-minute presentation
to the class, summarizing your whole project, but emphasizing the
formative evaluation activity and its results. A presentation time
of this size is about what the typical project manager can afford.
Each team will be strictly held to this time limit. If you go over,
the intstuctor will stop you and your grade will be affected. Practice
will help eliminate this problem. On average, a fairly full slide
tends to take up to 2 minutes for most people to present! So you should
probably not prepare 20 slides for your presentation. I think about
10 slides would be about right.
- You can decide how your
team will make its presentation. One person, or your whole team, or
in between, can present. If you have more than one presenter, the
transition should be smooth.
- Your presentation should
look professional, prepared with presentation software (e.g. PowerPoint).
Use of a key screen shot or two is encouraged, to give context to
your talk. You can use my laptop or yours to give the presentation
in the classroom. Most people prefer to retain maximum control over
problems by using their own laptop. This requires only connecting
to the projector (and possibly the Internet) in the classroom. If
you wish to use my classroom laptop, you must send the presentation
files to me in advance, or bring it to class on a floppy disk, CD-ROM,
or a USB drive.
order of your presentation
Feel free to
draw as much of the presentation information/content as you wish from
your write-ups of your previous project parts. You probably have everything
you need in those write-ups, if they were well-done. Keep the introductory
and background information to a minimum. Your time is short; use it mostly
for the interesting stuff like the design and formative evaluation, especially
the results. Your presentation should include (as bullet points (not lots
of narrative text) on PowerPoint (or equivalent) slides:
- An introductory slide
(Project Name, Client, Team Members' Names, etc.)
- Introduction to your project,
your client, the application and its setting, anything about the work
environment (e.g., dirt, noise, confusion, greasy fingers).
- Description of the user
classes and general tasks (these can be the key tasks you developed
in your prototype), and how you collected this information.
- Usability goals for your
- How design evolved, including
metaphor/model, basic design decisions, how the design addressed user
and task needs, etc. This is where you can include several key screen
shots. (Your audience is technical and wants to know in some detail
about your design.)
- Formative evaluation process,
including number of participants and why/how chosen, location of sessions,
etc. For any participants not from client organization, justify their
use as a representative user. Make some comments about how the evaluation
process went for you. Was it a success in helping you find usability
- Summarize your quantitative
results, showing a comparison with your usability specification (use
usability specification table form, plus a little discussion).
- Show three of your
most interesting usability problems (in cost/importance table form,
sorted by priority rank). Explain why they were interesting/serious,
and explain your analysis of them. Also indicate your redesign solution
to address these problems.
- Describe any interesting
or unusual experiences you had (these can be good things, lessons
learned, how the process worked (or didn't) for you, what you would
do differently next time, difficulties, whatever...) during the entire
You must practice
your presentation several times to get a smooth and interesting talk and
keep within your time limit.
in class is the only deliverable. This part of the project has no written
deliverable. This is the form
I will use to evalute your presentation.
there are teams who suffer badly due to Murphy's Law! Don't be stuck with
a problem at presentation time. If you're using your own laptop, make
sure it works with the classroom projector. If you're using my laptop,
make sure your PowerPoint files work OK on it. Remember that my classroom
laptop is very slow, especially in loading files. If you wait until it's
your presentation time to load your files, loading time comes out of your
time limit. Avoid disaster by planning ahead!