Accession Number : ADA305650

Title :   Causality Tracing User Interface Design and Development for a Software Management Flight Simulator.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Hernandez, Luis

PDF Url : ADA305650

Report Date : DEC 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 188

Abstract : Interactive simulations are a highly suitable tool for training managers in their increasingly complex roles in software project management. This research effort designs and implements an interactive user friendly interface for the system dynamics software development and project management model using a flight simulator as a metaphor. Methods and techniques for good user interface development are considered and implemented using the Ventana Simulation (Vensim) application development, modeling, and analysis environment. The resulting interface facilitates the user experimentation with management policy strategies and decision making, as well as the investigation of scenarios to determine what the circumstances were that caused the project's expected behavior to vary. The analysis capabilities of the interface enables the user to trace cause-and-effect relationships that are often invisible and not considered when making management decisions. The interface's causal tracing functionality significantly enhances the value of the underlying model as a learning tool by facilitating the development of an integrated, improved vision of the world that managers are responsible in control.

Descriptors :   *COMPUTER PROGRAMS, *SOFTWARE ENGINEERING, *COMPUTER APPLICATIONS, *FLIGHT SIMULATORS, *MAN COMPUTER INTERFACE, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, GLOBAL, SYSTEMS ENGINEERING, MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, DECISION MAKING, STRATEGY, MODELS, FLIGHT TRAINING, TOOLS, DYNAMICS, COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE, USER NEEDS, MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL, INTERACTIVE GRAPHICS, LEARNING.

Subject Categories : Military Aircraft Operations
      Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE