INDUSTRY AND PRACTICE: The Database Designer is a Person Too!

INDUSTRY AND PRACTICE: The Database Designer is a Person Too!

John M. Artz (George Washington University, USA)
Copyright: © 1994 |Pages: 5
DOI: 10.4018/jdm.1994070103
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Abstract

Human factors research focuses almost exclusively on the end-user of an information system and very little on the human factors of the people designing the information system. Anecdotal evidence suggests the importance of highly skilled individuals to the successful development of information systems. Research suggests that successful development may have more to do with the people doing the development than the methodology that they are using. This paper reviews some of the literature from cognitive science and psychology and suggests that the process of database design may be vulnerable to the cognitive factors of the person doing the design. Some suggestions are provided for controlling these cognitive influences.

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