Usability testing complex websites during development

3 Sep 2008 - 4:02pm
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Guillermo Ermel
2008

Hello folks! How do you usability test DURING development?

I've been giving this some thought:
- In the early stages of definition and design, iterative paper prototyping
can be done to test concepts. That's smooth and easily done.
- When the system is ready (functional with all bells and whistles), a
validation usability test can be performed.

But... how can we approach usability testing DURING development of complex
websites/projects, to get user feedback into the project in a smooth way?

I'd really appreciate some feedback/discussion on this issue.
Thanks!

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Guillermo Ermel

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3 Sep 2008 - 4:48pm
Steve Baty
2009

Guillermo,

Walking through clickable wireframes; mocking up low-fidelity prototypes;
and usability testing of separate functional modules can all be done as the
development progresses, but your question talks to a different issue, which
is the notion that there are no testable, intermediate steps between a
wireframe and a working 'finished' version of the system. This is common in
many software development approaches.

In asking your question you are recognising the same gap identified by
movements such as Agile programming, and iterative design processes.

The answer is both simple & complex: undertake development such that you get
more and more detailed ('finished') versions of the system in an iterative
fashion, and test them as you go.

Steve

2008/9/4 Guillermo Ermel <guillermoermel at gmail.com>

> Hello folks! How do you usability test DURING development?
>
> I've been giving this some thought:
> - In the early stages of definition and design, iterative paper prototyping
> can be done to test concepts. That's smooth and easily done.
> - When the system is ready (functional with all bells and whistles), a
> validation usability test can be performed.
>
> But... how can we approach usability testing DURING development of complex
> websites/projects, to get user feedback into the project in a smooth way?
>
> I'd really appreciate some feedback/discussion on this issue.
> Thanks!
>
> --
> Guillermo Ermel
>

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