— 28 March 2004 —
I realize I recently said that we should basically just ignore Yakob unless there is something specific we need. Essentially, take everything he writes/says with a truck-load of salt.
But, come now. Really. Honestly.
In the U.S. today, we have 2.3 million programmers. Current best practices call for allocating 10% of development staff to usability, meaning that we ought to have 230,000 usability professionals. I doubt that there are even 30,000 people in the U.S. who are remotely qualified to call themselves usability professionals. We thus need 200,000 new usability jobs to achieve the minimum standards for good design.
I assume he is only even focusing on people who design distributed and client-based software. What about all that other crap on which people do and do not do usability? And how about asking if the stuff those 2.3m programmers are working on even needs to be created?
Each time a lert box is updated, this is what goes through my head.