Methodology evaluation: Inclusion of end users in user-centered development process



Software engineering, User-centered design, Evaluation methods, Tangible user interfaces, Gamification


User-Centered Design (UCD) has taken great relevance in software development since it allows to know characteristics and particularities of the end users to whom the system is addressed, generating applications with great acceptability. Consequently, many software development methodologies decide to implement this approach, however, it is important to perform evaluation processes to ensure compliance with this feature, for this reason, this paper presents different methods of evaluation of software development methodologies and their final products, identifying a series of criteria that can be applied in future evaluations related to user-centered design, in addition, by means of a software engineering experimentation process proposed by Gómez et al [26] a software methodology evaluation tool is applied to analyze the information related to the UCD it provides, ending with a comparison between the results of the METUIGA and MEDPE methodology. The results obtained demonstrate the need to create an evaluation tool that considers the participation of the end user in the evaluation of the methodological process and the final product, since the data obtained in the experimentation process focused more on the fulfillment of the software engineering process.


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Author Biographies

Luis Roberto Ramos Aguiar, Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes

B.S. in Computer Systems from Universidad Autónoma de Nayarit (U.A.N.). Masters in computer science from Autonomous University of Aguascalientes (U.A.A.). He has collaborated in national and international works related to the use of ICTs in support of vulnerable sectors. His research areas are Software engineering, tangible user interfaces, gamification techniques, affective computing, creation of learning objects, augmented reality, virtual reality.

Francisco Javier Álvarez Rodríguez, Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, 20100, Mexico

Professor of Software Engineering, Department of Computer Science, Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes (U.A.A.). PhD. in Teaching Methodology from IMEP (Mexico). PhD. in Engineering from UNAM (Mexico). He has been Dean of the Center of Basic Sciences at the U.A.A., as well as Head of the Department of Electronic Systems. Member of academic cores of several graduate programs at the U.A.A. Doctorate in Computer Science, Interinstitutional Doctorate in Science, Master of Science with option in Mathematics and Computer Science. Author of books and articles on the line of Learning Objects and Software Development Processes. Member of the National System of Researchers (SNI) and International Research Groups. He is currently president of the National Accreditation Council of Computer Science and Informatics Programs, A.C.


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How to Cite

Ramos Aguiar, L. R., & Álvarez Rodríguez, F. J. (2023). Methodology evaluation: Inclusion of end users in user-centered development process. IEEE Latin America Transactions, 21(10), 1103–1113. Retrieved from