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Rocket Surgery Made Easy: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems (Voices That Matter)

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It's been known for years that usability testing can dramatically improve products. But with a typical price tag of $5,000 to $10,000 for a usability consultant to conduct each round of tests, it rarely happens.

In this how-to companion to Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, Steve Krug spells out a streamlined approach to usability testing that anyone can easily apply to their own Web site, application, or other product. (As he said in Don't Make Me Think, "It's not rocket surgery".)

Using practical advice, plenty of illustrations, and his trademark humor, Steve explains how to:

  • Test any design, from a sketch on a napkin to a fully-functioning Web site or application
  • Keep your focus on finding the most important problems (because no one has the time or resources to fix them all)
  • Fix the problems that you find, using his "The least you can do" approach
By paring the process of testing and fixing products down to its essentials ("A morning a month, that's all we ask"), Rocket Surgery makes it realistic for teams to test early and often, catching problems while it's still easy to fix them. Rocket Surgery Made Easy adds demonstration videos to the proven mix of clear writing, before-and-after examples, witty illustrations, and practical advice that made Don't Make Me Think so popular.

Synopsis:

In this how-to companion to "Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability," Krug spells out an approach to usability testing that anyone can easily apply to their own Web site, application, or other product. This work makes it realistic for teams to test early and often, catching problems while it's still easy to fix them.

Table of Contents

FINDING USABILITY PROBLEMS

Chapter 1 You don’t see any elephants around here, do you?

What do-it-yourself usability testing is, why it always works, and why so little of it gets done

Chapter 2 I will now saw my [lovely] assistant in half

What a do-it-yourself test looks like

Chapter 3 A morning a month; that’s all we ask

A plan you can actually follow

Chapter 4 What do you test, and when do you test it?

Why the hardest part is starting early enough

Chapter 5 Recruit loosely and grade on a curve

Who to test, and how to find them

Chapter 6 Find some things for them to do

Picking tasks to test, and creating scenarios for them

Chapter 7 Some boring checklists

…that will save your butt

Chapter 8 Mind reading made easy

Your job as test facilitator

Chapter 9 Make it a spectator sport

Getting everyone to watch, and telling them what to look for

FIXING USABILITY PROBLEMS

Chapter 10 Debriefing 101

Comparing notes and deciding what to fix

Chapter 11 The least you can do™

The best ways to fix usability problems

Chapter 12 The usual suspects

Some problems you’re likely to find, and how to think about fixing them

Chapter 13 Making sure life actually improves

THE ROAD AHEAD

Chapter 14 Teleportation made easy

Remote Testing: Fast, cheap, and slightly out of control

Chapter 15 Overachievers only

Recommended reading and more

Chapter 16 Happy trails / to you

A few final words of encouragement

Product Details

ISBN:
9780321657299
Author:
Krug, Steve
Publisher:
New Riders Publishing
Subject:
Web - General
Subject:
Web - Page Design
Subject:
Internet - World Wide Web
Subject:
Web sites -- Design.
Subject:
Web-based user interfaces - Evaluation
Subject:
Internet - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Voices That Matter
Publication Date:
December 2009
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
168
Dimensions:
8.9 x 7 x 0.5 in 367 gr

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"Synopsis" by , In this how-to companion to "Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability," Krug spells out an approach to usability testing that anyone can easily apply to their own Web site, application, or other product. This work makes it realistic for teams to test early and often, catching problems while it's still easy to fix them.
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