The Methods UX Professionals Use (2016)

The range of methods available to the researcher is one of the things that makes UX research such an interesting and effective field. The recently completed UXPA salary survey provides one of the more comprehensive pictures of the methods practitioners use. It contains data from over 1200 respondents from 37 countries collected in 2016. Similar

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10 Measurement Resources for UX Designers

Most UX designers I know didn’t get into the field because they have a passion for measuring. But even when numbers aren’t your motivation, at some point in your career you’ll likely need to provide evidence that a new design is actually better that a previous one. And an interface is only “better” if it’s

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8 Things to Consider When Using Online Panels

Online panels are the go-to method for collecting data quickly for market and UX research studies. Despite their wide usage, surprisingly little is known about these panels, such as the characteristics of the panel members or the reliability and accuracy of the data collected from them. While there isn’t much published data on the inner

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How Long Is the Typical Online Study?

User and customer research fundamentally rely on collecting data from users and customers. But it can be a constant challenge to find the right number and type of qualified participants . Even when you find the right participants, there’s a limit to how much time they’re willing to spend filling out a survey. A common

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How Accurate Are UX Metrics From Online Panels?

Online panels are a major source of participants for both market research and UX research studies. In an earlier article I summarized some of the research on the accuracy and variability of estimates from online panels. The types of estimates from those studies tended to center around general demographic or psychographic questions (e.g., smoking, newspaper

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How Accurate Are Estimates From Online Panels?

Online panel research has been a boon for market research and UX researchers alike. Since the late 1990s in fact, online panels have provided a cost effective pool of sample participants ready to take online studies, covering topics from soup to nuts (literally)…from apple juice to zippers. But can you trust the data you get

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10 Golden Rules Of Facilitation

Facilitation is a valuable skill for measuring the user experience. A good facilitator ensures sessions run smoothly, make participants comfortable, and extract the right data for even the most difficult scenarios, stakeholders, or participants. Joe Dumas and Beth Loring wrote a great guidebook that is an essential read for anyone interested in facilitating a usability

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50 UX Metrics, Methods & Measurement Articles from 2016

It was another busy year on MeasuringU.com with 50 new articles, the release of the 2nd editions of two books, UX Bootcamps in Denver and Rome and talks in London and Chicago. In 2016, our articles were served up to over a million visitors. Thank You! We covered topics including: usability testing, measurement and research

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7 Ways to Improve the Success of Your Research

The best-laid plans of researchers often go awry. No matter how carefully a research project is planned, things may still go wrong. There are many threats to the success of a customer research project. At both big and small companies, at agencies and on the client side, research projects can fail to live up to

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The Origins and Evolution of Thinking Aloud

“I’d like you to think aloud as you use the software.” Having participants think aloud as they use an interface is a cornerstone technique of usability testing. It’s been around for much of the history of user research to help uncover problems in an interface. Despite its popularity, there is surprisingly little consistency on how

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