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Thursday, May 23 • 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Better Software Products in the Digital Age: Empowering Agile Project Members with Accessibility Testing Tools

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There is a growing interest in making software more accessible for everyone, which is emphasized by the numerous suggestions passed into law in many countries. However, many software organizations that use agile methods postpone or neglect accessibility testing. We aimed to understand how ac-cessibility testing could be better integrated into the daily routine of agile projects by conducting a case study in a Norwegian bank. We investigated three accessibility testing tools by exposing agile project members to the tools and interviewing them afterward. Additionally, we observed them in 18 meetings and 18 workdays. All the methods we tested turned out to be suitable for agile projects. Especially the simulation glasses and automatic checker worked very well in finding accessibility issues and were well re-ceived and described as easy to use by the project members. All software organizations should empower their agile project members with low-cost, fast and efficient accessibility testing tools to make their products more ac-cessible for all. Doing this early and often in the development cycle could save the project for potential high costs at a later stage.

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Viktoria Stray

Associate Professor, Department of Informatics, University of Oslo
Associate Professor in Software Engineering (University of Oslo), Research Scientist (SINTEF Digital). MSc in Computer Science (Norwegian University of Science and Technology and University of California, Santa Barbara), PhD (University of Oslo and University of New South Wales... Read More →

Thursday May 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm EDT
E-2022 (2nd Floor)