Rocket Surgery Made Easy: The Do-it-yourself Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems

Rocket Surgery Made Easy: The Do-it-yourself Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems

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By (author) Steve Krug

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  • Publisher: New Riders Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 168 pages
  • Dimensions: 175mm x 226mm x 8mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Berkeley, CA
  • ISBN 10: 0321657292
  • ISBN 13: 9780321657299
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 15,949

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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" approachBy 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.

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By Tarissa 07 Oct 2014 4

Great resource for web designers! -- Or for anyone working on a project that needs to have a user-friendly polish. I learned a LOT about usability testing and how easy it can be. I'd like to run some usability tests in the future, and I've acquired many pointers of what to keep in mind and what you should prepare for. Krug has written this in a fun, easy-to-read manner. Great for beginners or advanced leaders at usability testing.

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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 an 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.") In this new book, Steve explains how to: Test any design, from a sketch on a napkin to a fully-functioning web site or applicationKeep 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" approachBy 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.

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(TM) 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