GenderMag


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Method Overview

The GenderMag Method is a process and set of materials to help with the process. It enables software practitioners (e.g., developers, managers, UX professionals) find gender-inclusivity “bugs” in their software, and then fix the bugs they find. The core of the GenderMag Method is a gender-specialized cognitive walkthrough and a set of GenderMag personas that focus on five cognitive factors in problem-solving styles.

Framework of ethics used:

consequentialist

pragmatist

Method Intentions:

Getting Started

 

Participants: UX professionals, Software Developers

Materials Needed: Apps to evaluate, Scenario to evaluate, Sketch/ Low Fidelity prototype to evaluate, Persona

Process:

  1. Pick a persona
  2. Pick a user scenario in your tool
  3. Pick a subgoal for your scenario
  4. Pick an action for that subgoal

 

Further Reading

The GenderMag Project
GenderMag Teach. https://sites.google.com/site/gendermagteach/.

Citation

Margaret Burnett, Simone Stumpf, Jamie Macbeth, Stephann Makri, Laura Beckwith, Irwin Kwan, Anicia Peters, and William Jernigan. 2016.
GenderMag: A Method for Evaluating Software’s Gender Inclusiveness. Interact. Comput. 28, 6 (Nov. 2016), 760–787. https://doi.org/10.1093/iwc/iwv046

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