Understanding

Task Analysis, is a critical tool for an Ergonomist. Understanding the who, what, when, where, why, and how, of the users tasks make the job of the Ergonomist real.

Over the years I have taught/encouraged many of my colleagues to do this, and why it is important. I was lucky enough to learn this from the best, our Loughborough lecturers Andrew Shepherd and Tom Ormerod (early 1990’s, amazing).

Google brought me this overview:
https://www8.cs.umu.se/kurser/5DV048/VT11/utdelat/F4-HTA_3.pdf
The key players here are
– John Annett, Keith Duncan, Andrew Shepherd, Thomas Ormerod, Neville Stanton

Dig a little deeper and you find this from Neville Stanton
https://www.defencehumancapability.com/Portals/0/HFIDTC/HFI%20Methods%20and%20Models/Phase%201/hta-applications.pdf

So.. how is this different to Use Cases or User Stories (or User Cases)?

Task Analysis at its core takes the goals a person has in performing a particular job, role, operation and breaks them down to provide an understanding of the problems. Shedding light on these performance problems then leads to areas of interest for improvements.

 

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