Testing a prototype

16 Nov 2004 - 12:35pm
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Jennifer Brownson
2004

Dealing with a new situation for me, could use some
advice.

My development team just finished a prototype of an
internet application. I've got a remote extended team
across the U.S. that will be validating it. Due to
budget constraints, I don't have them on site, and
none of my team can travel to them.

This isn't user acceptance testing in a technical
sense, we're not asking them to validate all of the
system funcionality, this is more about how well they
can work with the prototype itself, using some typical
daily scenarios.

We've written scenarios so they can work through the
prototype on their own. But, I want to get some real
information out of this exercise, feedback from the
users based on their ability to work with the
application itself. I've always done this on site
with users, not with users working independently.

Anyone know of a protocol for something like this?

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Comments

16 Nov 2004 - 12:41pm
Listera
2004

Jennifer Brownson:

> But, I want to get some real information

Such as?

Ziya
Nullius in Verba

16 Nov 2004 - 1:20pm
Josh Seiden
2003

Jennifer,

It sounds like you could use remote usability testing
to get at what you need.

Basically, you run a usability test over Webex or some
other conferencing system.

Intro:
http://www.boxesandarrows.com/archives/remote_online_usability_testing_why_how_and_when_to_use_it.php

JS
--- Jennifer Brownson <jbrownson21 at yahoo.com> wrote:

> ... I don't have them on site, and
> none of my team can travel to them.
>
> ... But, I want to get some real
> information out of this exercise, feedback from the
> users based on their ability to work with the
> application itself. I've always done this on site
> with users, not with users working independently.
>
> Anyone know of a protocol for something like this?
>

16 Nov 2004 - 4:19pm
Jennifer Brownson
2004

--- Josh Seiden <joshseiden at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Jennifer,
>
> It sounds like you could use remote usability
> testing
> to get at what you need.

Yep, after writing it through here, that was my
suggestion to the powers that be. It's what we're
going to do.

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