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The Usability Testing Process (diagram)

The usability testing process

Chinese translation of the diagram and article (by Ryana). Russian translation of the diagram and article (by Dmitry Satin).

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Usability Testing Process Poster (A4 PDF) (2260 downloads)

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A usability test consists of the following steps:

1- Usability test planning
2.1- Participant Recruitment
2.2 Scenario & Task creation
3- Execute the usability test/ conduct usability test sessions
4- Data Analysis
5- Reporting
6- Usability test recommendation incorporation checkpoint

I will follow up with another post to explain the steps in detail, but for now, here is some detail on step 6. Step 6 is not mentioned in most generic usability testing processes, but I want to stress upon it since it is plays a good role in optimizing the usability test process.

After you report the usability test findings and recommendations, stakeholders will agree to incorporate a certain number of recommendations. After the period for incorporating usability test recommendations has passed, you should hold a checkpoint meeting for the following purpose:

  • To see how many of those suggestions agreed upon have actually been incorporated. There is no point of conducting usability test after test if recommendations (that everyone agrees will improve the usability of the product tested) are not incorporated. You don’t want to keep conducting usability tests where you come out with recommendations, stakeholders agree on incorporating some, and then everybody forgets about it. And in the next test, you come out with many of them same old ones— this is simply not a very optimal way of doing things. This checkpoint thus helps you mitigate what I think is a concern worth addressing.
  • Using data, conclude whether those suggestions did or did not improved the usability of your product (or the portion/ section you tested upon), recommendation by recommendation. In case they did, you may want to find out if there is any further scope of improvement. And in case they did not, you may want to understand what wrong assumptions were made while giving particular recommendations and learn from them so you can avoid them in similar cases in the future.
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The Usability Testing Process Diagram by Abhay Rautela is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 India License.

The only derivative work that I allow of this diagram is translation. Once you are done, let me know and I’ll link back to it.

Cone Trees Wallpaper #3- Birds on Tree

Thumbnail of the Cone Trees wallpaper- Birds on Tree

I made this wallpaper out of a snap I shot at the Sultanpur bird sanctuary, which is a fantastic place to visit over the weekend from Delhi.
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Download Axure Touch Screen Hand Gestures Stencils

Axure touch screen gestures stencils

There are a bunch of touch screen hand gesture stencils available at Kicker Studio for OmniGraffle, Illustrator CS3, Photoshop, Visio, Fireworks (there’s an SVG file as well).

I went ahead and created Axure stencils to add to the variety of formats available there. The Axure touch screen hand gesture stencils are available in Axure widget library (.rplib) and project file (.rp). You’ll find all the hand gestures in two sizes- regular and large.

Gestures covered, as in all other formats are:

  1. Tap
  2. Tap & hold
  3. Slide
  4. Drag
  5. Pinch
  6. Spread
  7. Nudge
  8. Flick

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Touch screen hand gestures stencils- Axure Widget Library file (.rp) (9577 downloads)
Touch screen hand gestures stencils- Axure Widget Library file (.rplib) (26176 downloads)

Download Axure ‘Clear input field value on focus’ prototype/ widget library

Clear text on focus prototype and widget library

Two Axure widgets (clear text on focus of text field & clear text on focus of text area) for the Input Prompt design pattern are available for download in Axure widget library (.rplib) and and project file (.rp) format.

Demo the Clear Input Field Value on Focus Axure widgets

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Watch an example video


(File size: 330 kb)

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Clear text value on focus of input field- Axure Project file (.rp) (7551 downloads)
Clear text value on focus of input field- Axure Widget Library file (.rplib) (19003 downloads)

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Axure Widgets for the User Interface Pattern: Clear Input Field Value onFocus/ Input Prompt by Abhay Rautela is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 India License.

SEO through Accessibility- How designing accessible websites leads to automatic SEO

This presentation describes how creating an accessible website takes care of its (organic) search engine optimization to a very appreciable extent.

I gave this presentation to the Sapient creative community at the New Delhi office in February 2007 (where I was also creator and moderator of the Sapient Web Accessibility distribution list and accessibility wiki node).

You can also view the presentation over at SlideShare.

15 Tips for Effective Usability Testing in India

Update (January 10, 2010)
If you are interested in learning about effective usability testing in India, do attend my (half day) tutorial at the India HCI 2010 conference on 21 March at IIT IDC, Mumbai. Tutorial details.
Note: The presentation below is not what will be presented for the tutorial. The slide based interactive lecture will be in far more comprehensive.

Update (March 3, 2009)
This presentation was featured on the SlideShare homepage today and got above a thousand views all in a day. Thanks SlideShare.

An Introduction to Usability Testing & Tips for Effective Usability Testing in India

Here’s the presentation, ‘An Introduction to Usability Testing & Tips for Effective Usability Testing in India’ I gave on day 2 of Bar Camp at the Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon on March 1, 2009.

You can also view the presentation over at SlideShare.

A free Minutes of Meeting (MOM) template

A free and elegant mintues of meeting or MOM template for sending out meeting details once its done

If you’re looking for a professional and aesthetically designed minutes of meeting (MOM) template, you might like this MOM template thats available for download free in Microsoft Word Format (doc).

Related Article: You may also find the article Guidelines for conducting Effective and Efficient Meetings useful if you are looking to set a meetings process at your organization.

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MOM (minutes of meeting) template (46145 downloads)

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Cone Trees Wallpaper #2- Regenerate

thumbnail of cone trees wallpaper titled \'regenerate\' in blue text

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Since the wallpaper is saved in gif format, it won’t display well if stretched. So in case your machine is set on a resolution other than the dimensions available for download above, let me know by dropping a comment and I’ll add one for it.

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‘Regenerate’ desktop wallpaper by Abhay Rautela is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 India License.

Cone Trees Wallpaper #1- Android Story

An image of a sci fi wallpaper depiciting the rear view of two robots facing each other in the outback of space

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Free Clean & Elegant Powerpoint Presentation Template

Here’s a Power Point presentation template I’ve made which I often use in presentations. Feel free to use and modify it. If you like it, let me know. Don’t forget to let others know as well!

The image I’ve used in the presentation is a photograph taken by Johnny Berg titled ‘Windmill’ from Stock.XCHNG.

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Free Elegant Powerpoint Template (8840 downloads)

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Clean & Elegant Powerpoint Presentation by Cone Trees is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.5 India License.