Competent users and software requirements

Scott Sehlhorst comments:

When we're designing software we need to keep in mind that most of our users will be competent--neither experts nor beginners. Alan Cooper's studies tell us that user skill levels follow a bell curve. He talks about competent users as perpetual intermediates. Some users drop out of the bell curve when they stop using our software. The rare user becomes an expert. Most users only learn enough to get their real job done.

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Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson was a founding instructor at Pragmatic Institute, a role he held for more than 15 years before he left to start Under10 Playbook. In his return to Pragmatic Institute, Steve supports the complete learning path for product teams, ensuring they are fully armed for success. 

Over the course of his career, Steve has helped thousands of companies and tens of thousands of product professionals implement product management processes. He has worked in the high-tech arena since 1981, rising through the ranks from product manager to chief marketing officer. Steve has experience in technical, sales and marketing management positions at companies that specialize in both hardware and software. In addition, he is an author, speaker and advisor on product strategy and product management.


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