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We conduct unmoderated UX studies, surveys, and various forms of online research every week at MeasuringU. Part of our process for delivering effective research is spending enough time up front on issues that affect the quality of results. Here are our nine recommendations for conducting better online research. Use a Study Script A study script is similar to a blueprint for online research or prototype

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Prototypes are an effective method for incorporating early and frequent user feedback into the design process. Even low-fidelity prototypes have been found to be good predictors of usability problems and perceptions of ease compared to fully functioning products. We test client prototypes just about every week here at MeasuringU using our research platform MUIQ. They range from prototypes for major consumer brands to internal facing

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Many researchers are familiar with the SUS, and for good reason. It’s the most commonly used and widely cited questionnaire for assessing the perception of the ease of using a system (software, website, or interface). Despite being short—10 items—the SUS has a fair amount of redundancy given it only measures one construct (perceived usability). While some redundancy is good to improve reliability, shorter questionnaires are

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UX benchmarking is an effective method for understanding how people use and think about an interface, whether it’s for a website, software, or mobile app. Benchmarking becomes an essential part of a plan to systematically improve the user experience. A lot is involved in conducting an effective benchmark. I’m covering many of the details in a 4-week course sponsored by the UXPA this October 2017.

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Facilitating a usability test is a skill. With enough of the right practice you’ll get better at facilitating and running more effective usability test sessions. A solid foundation in both the theory and practical applications of facilitating a usability test will aid you in becoming a solid facilitator. To help, here are ten resources for both beginners and intermediate usability test facilitators. 1. Read about

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Measurement is at the heart of scientific knowledge. It’s also key to understanding and systematically improving the user experience. But numbers alone won’t solve all your problems. You need to understand what’s driving your metrics. While taking the pulse or blood pressure of a patient will provide metrics that can indicate good or poor health, physicians need more to understand what’s affecting those numbers. The

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Task completion is one of the fundamental usability metrics. It’s the most common way to quantify the effectiveness of an interface. If users can’t do what they intend to accomplish, not much else matters. While that may seem like a straightforward concept, actually determining whether users are completing a task often isn’t as easy. The ways to determine task completion will vary based on the

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Most of the millions of hotel bookings made each year are done online. Despite the proliferation of hotel aggregator websites like Expedia and Trivago, most people book directly on the hotel websites. With such a high concentration of travelers booking directly on hotel websites, having a good user experience is a differentiator. If travelers can’t find needed information about a hotel or room, can’t make

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One of the fundamental principles behind usability testing is to let the participants actually use the software, app, or website and see what problems might emerge. By simulating use and not interrupting participants, you can detect and fix problems before users encounter them, get frustrated, and stop using and recommending your product. So while there’s good reason to shut up and watch users, should a

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There’s been a long heated debate within the industry about the need to certify User Experience practitioners. After all, many professional organizations—accountants, realtors, attorneys, and even ergonomists—have some sort of official certification. Certifications provide some indication that a minimum threshold of competence has been demonstrated, which in theory should help prospective employers, customers, and the industry as a whole. Certification may even be helpful with

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