Lo-fi usability testing – Part 3: Ten top tips

We’ve already covered in the previous articles what usability is and why you need to test it and what you need to do to prepare for your usability tests.  In this thrilling* conclusion to the trilogy, we get down to the nitty-gritty of how to run the tests and how to interpret and act on the results.

* It all depends on your perspective
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Lo-fi usability testing – Part 1: Background

I recently spoke at ProductCamp London about conducting lo-fi usability, that is, easy, quick and inexpensive usability testing that anyone can run.  I did a neater version when I was invited recently to present to the BBC product managers and user experience practitioners, which I’d like to share with you.

Quite a few people are put off usability testing because they think it’s complicated, time-consuming and expensive.  What you may not realise is that you can run a set of usability tests in a single afternoon that will uncover eighty percent of the problems your product has.  And the only specialist equipment you’ll need is a pen, some paper and the computer you need to access the software or website.

This my friends is lo-fi usability testing – a high-return, low-cost method for these cash-strapped times.  In this first instalment, I’ll be discussing what usability is and why testing it is so important.

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