Does the Fidelity of a Prototype Affect Results?

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

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Cleaning Data From Surveys & Online Research

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

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The Maturity of UX Organizations

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

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What Is the Typical Ratio Between Designers and Developers?

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

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Advice for Getting Into UX

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

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4 Ways to Visualize Website Behavior

In the era of big data, the issue is less about not having enough data, but about deriving enough meaning from the data you have. Techniques and tools that help quickly identify patterns and insights to help improve user experiences are becoming increasingly important. For years we have helped companies benchmark the overall website user

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5 Techniques to Identify Clusters In Your Data

Understanding who your users are and what they think about an experience is an essential step for measuring and improving the user experience. Part of understanding your users is understanding how they are similar and different with respect to demographics, psychographics, and behaviors. These groupings are often called clusters or segments to refer to the

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How To Make Personas More Scientific

Personas are a staple of UX research. Some 70% of practitioners report using them. Persona creation is typically a qualitative process using a small sample size. Researchers conduct in-depth interviews and observations with small samples of participants (usually 5-20 people) in order to derive a rich and comprehensive profile of individuals that use, or could

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How Do You Measure UX Maturity?

A better user experience can lead to increased satisfaction, more loyal customers, and ultimately more revenue. But what does it take to deliver a better user experience? Will applying one of the many methods, or hiring the right UX designer or researcher suffice? There is a general sense in the UX community that a mature

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A Primer On Conducting Qualitative Research

While our company, MeasuringU, is generally known for quantitative analysis (we wrote the book), we also have no problem using and recommending qualitative research when it’s appropriate. In fact, we believe in a mixed-methods services to addressing UX research needs. It’s not Qual OR Quant but Qual AND Quant. Here are five points to help

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