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Soren masters IT-requirements, UX, software acquisition and business. He is helpful, constructive and innovative. He has experience from more than 100 projects and learns new application areas fast. Updated 2021-06-15: New: Y_Foundation test script now available in Danish.
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Søren Lauesen, professor emeritus
Nordtoftevej 15
DK-2860 Søborg
Phone +45 3956 1748
Mobile +45 2963 6248
IT University of Copenhagen
Rued Langgaards Vej 7
DK-2300 Copenhagen S
Phone, main: +45 7218 5000

About Soren

Project CV (pdf)   CV and interests   Publication list

Project failures and cures

Large IT projects may be damaged in many ways, for instance large cost or schedule overruns, unsatisfied users, or disappointing business results. I have investigated several large projects and identified 37 damage causes and 22 cures. Why the electronic land registry failed   Acquisition of the EPIC health record system

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Problem-oriented requirements - SL-07     Danish version

Traditional requirements describe what the system shall do. Problem-oriented requirements (SL-07 requirements) describe what the system is to be used for. They cover all kinds of requirememts, are five times shorter, five times faster to write, and five times faster to reply to. Y-Foundation requirements   CMS requirements   Use cases vs. SL-07 tasks   Textbook and papers

User story experiment

My colleagues in industry and universities praise user stories and epics, but there is no agreement on how to use them and how they cover requirements. So in cooperation with Mohammad Kuhail, I have started an experiment: We compare requirements written in two ways for the same real-life project: based on user stories/epics and based on problem-oriented requirements. Send us YOUR solution! Here is the assignment: Hotline Support (docx).

IT Contracts for IT people (in Danish)

Requirements are often appendices to long contracts. IT-people don't read the contract and lawyers don't read the requirements. It need not be so. SL-07 requirements have an 8 page contract with 4 appendices. Together they cover what traditional 50 page contracts with 16 appendices do.

UX versus User Interface Design

There is a big gap between UX specialists and software developers. UX specialists are good at identifying user needs and testing whether usability of the user interface is adequate. However, they are rarely able to design intuitive and efficient user interfaces. Nor are programmers. There are no systematic design methods. At best it is trial-and-error. Lauesen invented a design method (Virtual Windows) that gives a minimum of user screens, good data overview, efficiency for professional users, and fast development. The health record screen at the right was developed with this method. Mini-course in the method   Some great user interfaces   Microsoft Access tutorial   Other UX papers

Data visualization, End-user development and EHR

Professionals need overview of complex data, so good data visualization is crucial. Uvis is a tool that allows IT-interested users to develop interactive, complex data visualizations. The health record screen at the right was made this way. Visualization papers

EHR - Electronic health records

Lauesen has been involved in many aspects of EHR. Here are some links: The early national EHR strategy   Graphical and customizable EHR   Anonymizing an EHR   Troubles with the EPIC acquisition   Time study of EPIC in the clinic  

IT architecture and software engineering (in Danish)

Lauesen has worked in software engineering since 1962. He wrote his first tutorial in 1969, developed operating systems, studied why SW research wasn't used in industry, how perfectionism killed usefulness, and fought hype about OO, SOA and IT-architecture.

One of my interests
I am at the left

Guide to SL-07
Cover of Requirements SL-07

Uvis health record
Uvis health record

User interface design
Cover of User Interface Design