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If I'm preparing a project, what amount of time is reasonable to reserve for research? in terms of hours/days?

Yes, it varies, but what are some examples/situations that you can think of where user experience took a short time? or a particular case where research/tests took a long time?

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Time spent on an UX is variable. The amount of time spent on research, writing the plan and recruiting users depends on the project/website. I've worked on projects In my training where the target audience was pretty obvious. Research time wasn't really necessary and recruiting users was easy because I knew just where to look for them. Writing your plan gets easier every time you do an usability test. You get better and you can use stencils from previous plans.

Based on my research following was my timeline

  • creating persona - 16hr
  • planning for research - 16 hr
  • shortlisting the users who fit for personas - 30hr ( this depends on personas n requirement)
    • user's (persona) interview - 12 hr
    • preparing the report - 20hr

Reference : How Long Does a Usability Study Take from Start to Finish?

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  • I know the time varies... every situation is different... – Ana Zdravic Jul 11 '16 at 16:21
  • but the link you provided was good... it included a reference to Nielsen's finding on 5 user minimum... – Ana Zdravic Jul 11 '16 at 16:21
  • thank you :) this was much more concrete and organized :) – Ana Zdravic Jul 11 '16 at 16:29

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