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A key aspect of usability is efficiency. Users should be able to complete tasks quickly. Efficiency is usually measured as time on task, one of the quintessential usability metrics. For transactional tasks done repeatedly, shaving a couple seconds off a time can mean saving minutes per day and hours per week for users (think Accounting, Contact Management and Order Entry). It can also mean saving

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We already saw how a manageable sample of users can provide meaningful data for discrete-binary data like task completion. With continuous data like task times, the sample size can be even smaller. The continuous calculation is a bit more complicated and involves somewhat of a Catch-22. Most want to determine the sample size ahead of time, then perform the testing based on the results of

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