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How to Plan, Develop & Use Information Systems
A Guide to Human Qualities & Productivity

by Hein Van Steenis

ISBN: 978-0-932633-12-5  
©1990  360 pages   hardcover  
$34.95 (plus shipping)

Subject(s): Systems Design

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Adapt Systems to People,
Not the Other Way Around

About the Book

The theme of this practical guide is simple: To make information systems successful, adapt them to people.

The author argues convincingly that optimizing computers' potential requires first an understanding of people's reaction to computers and the inevitable changes that accompany their introduction into an organization. It also requires a new attitude by both developers and users and special insights into their needs and capabilities.

Topics include planning the system, designing the human-machine interface, documenting it, training users. Systems engineering is more than just issues of software and hardware selection!


"The key to effective information technology consulting and systems analysis & design, is human relations rather than technical considerations . . . . Since the work on computers is done by people within a social context, van Steenis starts at that point. The idea is to design machines to accomodate human characteristics, and NOT force people to adjust to the machine just because high-tech is fashionable. . . . The goal is to improve productivity, not harass the workforce—van Steenis shows us how."

William Sheridan,
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"Readable and wide-ranging. . . . this volume has a lot to offer."

 —Nick Beard,

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