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Handbook of Usability Testing - Second Edition

By : Jeffrey Rubin, Dana Chisnell
Book Image

Handbook of Usability Testing - Second Edition

By: Jeffrey Rubin, Dana Chisnell

Overview of this book

Whether it's software, technical documentation, a cell phone, or a refrigerator, your customer expects your product to be easy to use. Completely updated with current industry best practices and more varied examples, it can give you that all-important marketplace advantage: products that perform the way users expect. The first part of the book introduces you to the overview of testing which covers the definition of the key terms and presents an expanded discussion of user-centered design and other usability techniques. As you progress, you’ll learn the various steps involved in performing a test. The later chapters explore the advanced testing methods and discuss how to extend one’s influence of the whole product development strategy. By the end of this book, you’ll have the exact knowledge to understand and improve the usability of your product.
Table of Contents (6 chapters)

Chapter 13

Variations on the Basic Method

Having previously described the basic method for conducting a usability test, with one participant and one test moderator, this chapter describes some variations of that technique. It discusses some common variations, with tips about implementing them, such as testing with special populations, working with prototypes, and techniques for conducting sessions inside and outside a lab, including remote and automated testing. Ultimately, your testing methodology is limited only by your imagination and the types of questions you need to have answered in testing. We include many references to books and articles that expand on the techniques in this chapter on the web site that accompanies this book:

Who? Testing with Special Populations

Chapter 7 is all about recruiting participants, but following are some special considerations for people who you may want or need to include in your usability test.

People Who Have Disabilities...