5 tips for running usability tests

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  • 5 tips for running usability tests

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    Introduction

    Iterative usability testing is an extremely useful tool when its baked into the design process.

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    Introduction

    Real feedback from users will give the design team the valuable insights they need to shape the product into something your customers will love.

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    Introduction

    Here are 5 tips for running usability tests.

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    1. Remember the incentives

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    You need to thank people for their time and opinions.

    1. Remember the incentives

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    The usual way to do this is with incentives...

    1. Remember the incentives

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    On average, you can pay upwards of 50-100 to be given to people upon completion of the test.

    1. Remember the incentives

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    However, with the preparing of the designs and scripts, its easy to forget the cash to pay your participants.

    1. Remember the incentives

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    Put a reminder in the calendar and get the incentives organised beforehand.

    1. Remember the incentives

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    2. Make people feel welcome

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    Get to know them a little, thank them for their time and generally make them feel comfortable.

    2. Make people feel welcome

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    Remind them that you arent testing them, rather the experience.

    2. Make people feel welcome

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    Encourage them to think aloud.

    2. Make people feel welcome

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    3. People are late (and early)

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    Make sure to plan plenty of time between sessions to reset.

    3. People are late (and early)

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    While participants have to wait, they need a place to sit if theres an issue with the scheduling.

    3. People are late (and early)

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    4. Be mindful of existing customers

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    Using existing customers might be cheaper, but they will skip over usability issues which new customers might struggle with.

    4. Be mindful of existing customers

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    5. Be wary of the seasoned tester!

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    5. Be wary of the seasoned tester!

    Its possible that some people have already attended their fair share of testing sessions and are just going through the motions to get their incentive.

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    5. Be wary of the seasoned tester!

    Watch out for participants who are too eager to please!

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    5. Be wary of the seasoned tester!

    Or have an unusually impressive grasp of technical language!

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    Thinking about embarking on a digital product design piece? Talk to us about how audience research can help to make it a success.

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    For advice and inspiration on effective UX & Design strategies visit: 100shapes.com/blog

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