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Multivariate test conversion: short vs long path

Let's assume we a workflow with 3 steps. Page 1 is our landing page. Page 2 is the form (signup). Page 3 is the conversion page (thank you page). To test variations on page 1, I am running a ...
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5-second tests vs. the short-term memory

I've recently been participating in random tests on http://usabilityhub.com and I find myself cringing when the 5-second tests come up and feeling guilty at my seemingly useless responses once I'm ...
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Evaluation / validation of paper mobile prototypes?

Is there a way to evaluate/validate your paper prototypes other than asking your user and explaining your design?
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Show tooltip immediately or only after a click on the “i”

I've got a loan applicant form. All the fields are required and most of them got a describing tooltip. I struggle when it comes to the point how to show the tooltips. Hide them until a user clicks a ...
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How do you A/B test a ranking algorithm?

Let me give a hypothetical situation on A/B testing a ranking algorithm. Say I'm in charge of the popularity ranking algorithm on Youtube. I need to surface the most interesting videos to top of the ...
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Are there any guidelines for usability testing a Metro app?

How do I conduct usability test on a new Win-8 Metro application when the expected users don't have any experience on that platform? I'm going to test on PC and not on tablet.
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Does gender affect the results of a usability test?

There's a question on Quora asking for opinions about subjects' gender impact on usability tests. I think this topic is very interesting given that people of different genders prefer different visual ...
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Testing multiple page level design changes for perfomance and preference

I was asked to pick one page on a large site and mock-up improvements for testing. I tested the old page with task analysis, satisfaction survey, and a card sort. I changed about 15 aspects of the ...
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Does it matter whether I use a Mac or a PC for a website's usability test?

I'm going to do a qualitative usability test of a consumer website in an office. I assumed it would be better to use a PC computer because I think it is a more popular computer among the general ...
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Any inputs on how to conduct an usability evaluation of a site (when you dont have access to user data) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to find out usability problems myself? A lot of times I have been asked by friends to have a look at their sites or apps which they designed and give feedback from ...
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Paper prototype testing on checkout?

I would like to run few iterations of user testing on a checkout re-design. This project is still in the early stage so I would like to take full-advantage of the situation and run testing sessions on ...
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Conducting a competitive analysis

What are the questions you need to ask or the methods you perform when you're doing a competitive web site analysis from a UX perspective? How do you gather the facts? When in the project process do ...
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Best methods to find users for in-person user testing? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to recruit user test participants? There are a number of new tools available to conduct automated, oftentimes remote user testing (Treejack, Chalkmark, etc.). ...
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What ways to conduct user research quickly and cheaply are there?

Let's face it, in today's world - everything is moving fast and with approaches like agile, UX gets squeezed. It doesn't have to be this way and from what I hear many companies are using Sprint 0 ...
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Recording Debit/Credit Card Details at the start of a 'Free Trial'?

Does anyone have experience, analytics or similar on the impact of taking payment details at the start of a free trial period for a product? It's one of the things I hate the most about trialing ...
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Defining “Instantaneous” as part of usability acceptance criteria

The Setup I have run into this problem time and time again. An interface is performing slow and QA and/or Engineering come back and ask, "can you please define the acceptance criteria for how fast ...
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How to user test a redesign?

In some website projects, you are testing whether users can complete specific functionality. For example, with a shopping cart I can measure the percentage of users that complete checkout, the amount ...
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How to find out usability problems myself?

I'm a tester. Currently when I see something that I don't like I suggest amending it and specify how. However I don't often see specific problems in application's usability and when I do I don't ...
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Testing with current clients

I'm working on improving a product that rarely gets new customers (since it targets a very small specialized niche), and I'm not sure how usability testing would work here. I assume that current ...
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Recommended usability testing firms to do international testing with?

We want to do a baseline usability study in Italy and Russia next year. Can anyone recommend a good consulting agency that would be able to help us in either country? Or just a good international ...
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User testing browser add-on

I'm working on a browser add-on that has some novel usability ideas, and I'd like to test them out on some users. The add-on interacts with the user's password data and usage, and I'd like to collect ...
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How do you test phrasing of labels, links, and descriptive text?

At my workplace, an academic library, we often have extended conflicts over exactly how to phrase labels, links, and descriptive text. For example, one link on our home page goes to a list of topics, ...
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Benefits of recording user facial expressions when testing

Every "proper" test setup seems to include a camera / webcam for recording the user and a lot of articles I've read in the past recommend it as part of a setup, but sources never really go into a ...
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Numbering Cards for Card Sorting Excercise

I am going to be conducting various card sorting exercises with a small group soon and I have a question about how to label some of the cards. I have about 6 that will contain words that I would like ...
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How to make user testing incentives fair internationally

I have some usability testing that is taking place in several different countries. The overall budget for incentives is set (in £) but dividing this equally between all countries and then converting ...
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How can we communicate that UX work can't be done by just anyone?

About 2 years ago, I asked about a good usability/UX elevator pitch, so I can quickly explain what UX is whenever I need. But, to this date, I still can't get over one little issue: lots of people ...
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Is it effective to ask users which design they prefer and why?

I have a few different options for the UX of a tool. Each is quite different from the other. They are currently represented as lo-fi wireframes. I would like to get feedback on them to decide which ...
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Let tester directly click on web site to report bugs, similar to bugherd? [closed]

I'm doing website User Testing and want them to report issues by clicking on web site and type text into a comment box. Similar to www.Diigo.com or www.bugherd.com Bugherd is designed for this but it ...
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How to perform field studies and usability testing when your target group is e-commerce managers and business executives?

If you are working on a project aimed to this type of difficult to reach user and you still want to keep a proper Lean UX approach, how do you face the problem of finding users for gathering insights ...
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How do I test the effectiveness of copy earlier in the project?

Me and the UX team at our company are looking for a best practice on testing written copy. We make sketches using Balsamiq, we prototype it, test it, iterate it and then test it using Dreamweaver. We ...
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How do you prevent scope creep in agile projects when usability testing?

I have a client who recently asked me about this problem. I was wondering how you'd handle it? They are new to UX and to Agile methods, so they are struggling in interesting ways. As part of a ...
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Can we get a simple process for a “discount usability test?”

I would like to do a discount usability test. What are the steps I should take to come to an insightful conclusion? How do I recruit the people? How do I setup the test? How do I define the tasks ...
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A service like Usabilityhub's Navflow but featuring branching?

For testing navigation flows of static screens/image mockups Usabilityhub's Navflow is a pretty nifty service/tool. However, to my knowledge it only allows the test creator to specify one single path ...
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Is there any research on mitigating the effects of using a non-representative user group on measuring perceived usability?

My client is running a series of vendor demonstration where they want the staff to measure the perceived usability of the system (SUS and SEQ). Originally we asked for a consistent group of ...
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How to design user evaluation tasks without leading people to 'the answer'?

By way of example: on the site I am testing I have a page that shows a piece of information; and a side panel that shows related / similar information from other areas of the site. How do I test ...
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Beta testing: How should users be selected?

We'd like to get data and feedback from real users on a new search principle on a live page (not A/B testing because too many things were changed). Question: How should participating users be ...
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What do you wish you had known before your first ever user evaluation workshop?

What have you learned from the process of testing prototypes / products with users that you wish you had known before you went into your first workshop? Pitfalls, freak-out moments etc?
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Open source / free screen capture tools for user testing [closed]

What free tools are there on the Windows platform that I can use to capture what mouse movements and clicks a user makes during an evaluation? Ideal product would: Not be likely to crash and freak ...
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Android application for London Transport (usability ?) [closed]

I'm developing the Android application for London Transport which includes Journey Planner, Tube status, Live Departures Boards, Maps, Finding a taxi function and so on. I'd like to get some ...
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Plus icon for new tab not working in user testing. Anomaly or actually confusing for users…

For Context: So I am performing some user testing, and the interface is changing how tabs work with in the system. Currently tabs indicate the top level of different customer define hierarchies. The ...
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Isn't all user testing essentially a way of gathering how people think things should work?

When user testing is performed, users are often presented with a serious of variations of a product and observed to see where they excelled and where they had trouble. People will often click in areas ...
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What are some best practices when doing testing to compare different design ideas?

There's a particular feature of our (B2B) app that seems to be causing a lot of confusion. (It involves lists of urls, some of which can be quite long, and giving different statuses to different ones. ...
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Usability testing software with Eye tracking tools

I took a course in Human Computer Interaction last semester, and I find it very interesting. I am working on a website project, and thought I would try some user involvement. I was thinking about ...
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Is there any testing methodology similar to A/B testing, but without a specific goal?

Please forgive me; this may be somewhat long-winded. I work in an academic library. I'd like to study how well assorted features of our site are serving our users' needs; for example, labeling of UI ...
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Explaining small sample size---influencing stakeholders

I am new to the user experience world. Based on some references I've read and threads here, it's Ok to determine statistical significance and compare means for a small sample size of 11 (7 users in ...
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Has anyone usability tested (handwritten) email before?

I was just reading this article: How to send and reply to email. It's basically about the user interface and user experience of email. There are many good tips, but unfortunately the article doesn't ...
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What are the pros and cons of getting design recommendations from usability test participants?

I'm looking over a usability report, and one thing is jumping out at me: at the end of each section in which an identified usability issue was discussed, is a section entitled "Recommendations." ...
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Proportion of resources devoted to UX Design & Research vs. Software Development on a web app?

First, some criteria: The product is an application and is heavy on user interaction. Think web 2.0 or mobile application, not a marketing or commerce site, or some back-end tool with only ...
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How to do a mobile field test?

The Smartphone have become a part of our daily life. Users are always online and use their Smartphone in very different environments. Smartphones are sometimes used in a calm, not distracting ...
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Advantages/disadvantages of mixed gender Focus Groups

I am planning to conduct a Focus group for car navigation devices in coming weeks. Initially, I was recruiting mixed gender participants in each session. I am slightly worried that; Males might ...