Something I mentioned in a previous post is this idea of simplified, or “guerilla”, usability testing. It is the approach that I am very keen to take when considering the user experience design and usability issues of a number of EBI tools and sites.
Andy Budd’s slides for this talk
He covers key concepts like “think aloud” testing, lo-fi and hi-fi prototyping (i.e. the range between concepts on paper, and a fully working website or application); a great list of benefits of usability testing; some great pros and cons of formalised, paid-for usability testing; pros and cons of guerilla testing are also very useful; he briefly looks at task analysis and development methodology; some good tips for moderating a guerilla testing session; suggested tools and software.