Choosing the right task analysis tool

Anne E. Adams, Wendy A. Rogers, Arthur D. Fisk

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A variety of task-analytical tools are available to the human factors/ergonomics practitioner, who is challenged to find the right tool for the task at hand and to apply it appropriately. In this article, we compare a number of task analysis methods, including each method's unique contribution and the expertise required to apply it. We describe how different task analysis methods can build on each other and provide examples to illustrate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4-10
Number of pages7
JournalErgonomics in Design
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012


  • CTA
  • ETA
  • GOMS
  • HTA
  • cognitive task analysis
  • design principles
  • ecological task analysis
  • goals/operators/methods/
  • hierarchical task analysis
  • levels of analysis
  • selection rules
  • task analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Engineering(all)

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