What is Usability?

The purpose of usability is to realize that systems are complex but it can be made NOT complicated.

Usability is…

For End Users:

  1. about simple and minimal user interface
  2. about simple and minimal workflow (no bureaucracy)
  3. no manual (manual is for operations only)

For Developers:

  1. about simple and minimal interface (Medium)
  2. about CLI/GUI balance (GitHub)
  3. about minimal or zero configuration (Project Iris)
  4. ops-friendly (NSQ.io)
  5. no YAML (Nomad Project)
  6. whiteboard-friendly (Scalable Protocols)
  7. syntax-friendly (Go, JavaScript)
  8. no mental overload (Kefir.js, Riot.js)
  9. no dynamic programming language abuse (no to OpenStack)
  10. no bloated runtime (no to JVM/.NET)
  11. no micro-management (no to Agile methodologies)
  12. no rigid methodology (no to ITIL)
  13. no excuse for ignorance (fallacies of distributed computing)
  14. about starting small (learning on demand)

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