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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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We conduct a lot of quantitative online research, both surveys and unmoderated UX studies. Much of the data we collect in these studies is from closed-ended questions or task-based questions with behavioral data (time, completion, and clicks). But just about any study we conduct also includes some open-ended response questions. Our research team then needs to read and interpret the free-form responses. In some cases,

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Evaluate product designs and concepts early and often. Don’t wait till you’ve built the entire app, website, or product before having people actually use it. Build a prototype and test it. These principles are fundamental to user-centered-design, as well as other popular concepts such as the lean startup and minimum viable products featured in the popular book Sprint. But building even modest functionality and aesthetics

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Much of market and UX research studies are taken by paid participants, usually obtained from online panels. Our research has shown that using online panels for UX research for the most part provides reliable and valid results. While these huge sources of participants help fill large sample studies quickly, there’s a major drawback: poor quality respondents.  Reliable and valid responses only come when your data

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Mobile technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace. To help keep up, we pulled together relevant insights about the mobile user experience and mobile usage in general. This is an updated article to the 2016, 2015, and 2013 articles based on published data and our own mobile UX research. Cellphones are ubiquitous. A Pew Research report suggests that 95% of Americans own a cellphone; around 77% of U.S. adults

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What makes a UX practice “mature?,” how do we measure UX maturity, and does maturity really matter? In an earlier article, we discussed the history and challenges of assessing the UX maturity of companies and departments within large organizations. Existing models of maturity generally consist of different stages, with maturity progressing from unrecognized or ad hoc to institutionalized (for example, Nielsen's steps). The models also

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User Experience improvements don’t just happen. You need to have the right people in the right positions to help make a better experience. It would be easy of course if you could just hire as many people as you want. Unless you’re Facebook or Google, that’s probably not an option. Instead, UX teams need to justify requests for headcounts. One way to justify and gauge

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When I started systematically measuring website usability over 10 years ago I started with the SUS as a key metric. The System Usability Scale (SUS) was the natural questionnaire to start with. It was then, as it is now, a popular 10-item questionnaire to measure the perceived usability of interfaces. It’s been around for over 30 years and because of the wording of the items

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Positive word of mouth is a critical driver of future growth for consumer software products. Along with features and capabilities, user experience is a key determinant of how likely users adopt new technology and recommend software. We’ve found that usability accounts for between 30% and 60% of the variation in Net Promoter Scores. A positive experience leads customers to recommend a product. A negative experience,

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User Experience is a fast growing and popular field. It’s been listed as one of the best professions offering some of the best jobs. It’s not surprising then that people are interested in learning how to both get into the field and advance their career within it. I spoke with a few attendees at the UXPA annual conference in Toronto who were new to the

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