Task 11 NIE – comparing components

– did we come up with all the necessary components for analyzing and describing interactive systems?

The amount of components is quite huge and yes, I do believe that we came up with all the necessary components to describe interactive systems. And because of the amount of the components we are able to account for and go along with the possible changes that take place during the interaction process.

– what components seem irrelevant? Why? Also currently we have a long list of components, which can be definitely shorten. How would you do that?

There are indeed a couple of components that firstly seem a bit irrelevant and also a bit too repetative. For example the timeframe, time management and schedule are quite close together and rule two out. And with that, we can remove the start and the end, because they are already in the timeframe. Interrelatedness is something that is a give component in every system, so I believe that it does not have to be marked up. Methodology is a bit vague and the main components of it have been put down separately. Tere are a couple more components like project manager, evaluation criteria, task, software, sequence, workmanship are either duplicated by another component or unnecessary to be mentioned in a component list. The main reason for removing a lot of these components is, for me, relevancy in the overall view of the interaction process and the ability to grasp and understand the build-up of the process.

– do what degree the list of components is concurrent with the components of the activity theory framework?

There are a lot of similar components to the activity theory framework although many of them in a slightly different wording. The main components of the build up system are still the same, like object(result), subject, tools, rules, community and division of labour(actors).

– are there components which are not covered by the activity theory framework, but the activity theory framework could benefit from?

If I take a look at the different components that could useful and beneficial in the activity theory, I come up with three :Trigger, quality, time. Firstly the trigger is not mentioned or adhered in the process as such. The participants are aware of the actual result, or object needed to fulfil or reach. Quality is also a very important thing to consider and, as far as I see, in the activity theory, the quality part is a bit left aside and the result in a sense is only kept in mind. Finally Time. Time is also not defined as a definite factor and timeline is not set as one of the components, which is very important in acheiveing tasks and results in a controlled and timely manner.


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