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Usability testing methods. Focus groups, Heuristic evaluation, Feature inspection

In my previous article I told you about such usability testing methods as Self-reporting logs and Thinking aloud protocol. The last most popular methods are Focus groups, Heuristic evaluation and Feature inspection. Let’s consider them.

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Usability testing methods. Self-reporting logs and Thinking aloud protocol.

In my previous article I told you about such usability testing methods as Surveys, Questionnaires and Pluralistic walkthroughs. This time, let’s talk about Self-reporting logs and Thinking aloud protocol.

Self-Reporting Logs

self-reporting logs
Self-report logs are forms of “pencil-paper” type, in which users fix all actions and thoughts about interaction with application. This method is economical enough as experts are involved only in handling of results, without supervising action of the user in runtime of jobs.

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Usability Testing

Introduction

Concept of usability testing
First of all, I would like to say that I don’t consider myself to be an expert in usability testing and user interface design. But I want to share my knowledge and quite unpretending experience in these areas with others. That is why I’ve decided to write a series of articles about usability and usability testing. Maybe, somebody (or many) of you already know this information.

At the beginning I’ll tell you about history of usability, guidelines and standards of usability, definition and components of the concept of usability.So, let’s start.

What is usability?

Nowadays the software market is sated enough. A certain task can be solved by means of tens competing programs with almost identical functionality. Finally, the choice of this or that application more and more depends on nonfunctional characteristics. The user interface which provides simplicity and overall performance with a software product, can be of primary importance for making such a decision.

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