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Qualitative is not the opposite of Quantitative Data | Johnny Holland

Qualitative is not the opposite of Quantitative Data | Johnny Holland | Usability Testing | Scoop.it

We’ve all heard the word “fluffy” associated with qualitative knowledge. If quantitative research is seen as producing reliable, incontrovertible facts, then qualitative research is seen as the opposite—the soft, made-up, inapplicable knowledge. You’ve probably observed this tacit “definition” a few times. How do we convince people it isn’t true?

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Only once you start doing qualitative research do you realize what a huge value it delivers!

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Strength of User Research Evidence

Usability findings derived from a broad base of diverse studies have higher credibility than those based on many users with a single stimulus.
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I've said it before, and I'll say it again: triangulate your research findings!

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Why you only need to test with five users (explained): Measuring Usability

Why you only need to test with five users (explained): Measuring Usability | Usability Testing | Scoop.it

by Jeff Sauro

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A comprehensive treatment of the most controversial question in usability testing. 

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Research Logistics - Boxes and Arrows

Usability testing can be logistically challenging. Here is how to prepare. 

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This is the part beginners forget!

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Jakob Nielsen, Responsive Web Design And Compromise

Jakob Nielsen, Responsive Web Design And Compromise | Usability Testing | Scoop.it

The ability of a user to find, read, and share the content is clearly a usability test case (and a conversion metric) for a lot of websites. 

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Capturing User Research :: UXmatters

“It’s like drinking from a fire hose with a straw, with another smaller straw inside it.”

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UPA - The Usability Professionals' Association

UPA - The Usability Professionals' Association | Usability Testing | Scoop.it
The UPA is a membership organization of professionals in usability, user experience and related fields.
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Unmoderated, Remote Usability Testing: Good or Evil? :: UXmatters

Unmoderated, Remote Usability Testing: Good or Evil? :: UXmatters | Usability Testing | Scoop.it

Recently, there has been a surge in the number of tools that are available for conducting unmoderated, remote usability testing—and this surge is changing the usability industry. Whether we want to or not, it forces us to take a closer look at the benefits and drawbacks of unmoderated testing and decide whether we should incorporate it into our usability toolbox.

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Effectively Moderating Usability Tests

Effectively Moderating Usability Tests | Usability Testing | Scoop.it

Virtual Seminar from Jared Spool's User Interface Engineering, featuring Beth Loring. 

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It takes a long time to build and refine your moderating skills. 

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8 Advantages of Standardized Usability Questionnaires: Measuring Usability

8 Advantages of Standardized Usability Questionnaires: Measuring Usability | Usability Testing | Scoop.it
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Add a sprinkling of quantitative to your qualitative. 

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Use Tiny Tests to Get Fast, Cheap Feedback on Your Product - Forbes

Use Tiny Tests to Get Fast, Cheap Feedback on Your Product
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Dozens of companies now exist that allow you to run an unmoderated test in a few minutes. I've used UserTesting.com many times and gotten some great results really quickly.
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How to Recruit Participants for Usability Studies (Free Report) | Research Report by Nielsen Norman Group: User Experience Research, Training, and Consulting

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Oldie but still has a lot of useful content.

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The 5 stages of coping… with user research

It may sound old fashioned, but there are still plenty of companies out there that have never done usability testing.
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Discount Usability: 20 Years (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)

Simple user testing with 5 participants, paper prototyping, and heuristic evaluation offer a cheap, fast, and early focus on usability, as well as many rounds of iterative design.
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Every little bit helps. 

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Morgan Kaufmann: Barnum: Usability Testing Essentials

Morgan Kaufmann: Barnum: Usability Testing Essentials | Usability Testing | Scoop.it

A practical step-by-step approach to learning the entire process of planning and conducting a usability test.

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Usability testing looks easy when you're sitting on the sidelines. It's anything but!

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Remote Usability Testing – Remote Usability and UX Research Tools

Remote Usability Testing – Remote Usability and UX Research Tools | Usability Testing | Scoop.it

Tools for doing functional, soulful user experience, interaction, and usability research. If it’s related to behavior, it’s on here.

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Nice collection of online testing / ux research tools available – very US centered of course.
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IA Summit 2012 Notes: Crowdsourced Remote Unmoderated Usability

Remote usability testing usually has a participant and a moderator in the same session with screen sharing and audio, moderator can ask participant to complete task and ask clarifying questions; Unmoderated–participant ...
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Amazon.com: Moderating Usability Tests: Principles and Practices for Interacting (Interactive Technologies) (9780123739339): Joseph S. Dumas, Beth A. Loring: Books

Moderating Usability Tests: Principles and Practices for Interacting (Interactive Technologies)

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A Practical Guide to Usability Testing (9781841500201): Joseph S. Dumas, Janice C. Redish: Books

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Amazon.com: A Practical Guide to Usability Testing (9781841500201): Joseph S. Dumas, Janice C. Redish

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The original!

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UX Conference Calendar and Call for Papers

UX Conference Calendar and Call for Papers | Usability Testing | Scoop.it
The Interaction-Design.org Calendar is the number 1 IxD, UX, IA, and HCI Calendar. It covers the authoritative conferences and events within these fields. Because of our Open Access approach, its data is used on many websites (e.g.
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Your next step.

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