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User Testing Methods Comparison Chart

Get a crash course on the seven main methods for user testing. Find out the advantages and disadvantages of each to perfectly tune your product's UX.

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At some point in your career, you may need to test the effectiveness and desirability of a product you are designing. Whether it's a software product or not, there are seven user testing methods will be your arsenal for ensuring that you build a successful product. Rather than explaining each in-depth via text, I've created a succinct comparison chart including each method's advantages, disadvantages, and whether they have any of five attributes (Reliability/Precision, Generalizability, Realism, Ease, and Comparison).

This chart condenses information I gathered while participating in Coursera's Human Computer Interaction course. Click on the image for a larger version.

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Notes:

  • Evaluation is both a science and an art.

  • You should employ multiple methods because each one answers different questions.

  • Some methods are more effective at certain times in the design cycle.

  • The use patterns of your product can be context-dependent and evolve over time.

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Topics:
ux ,usability testing ,user testing ,product design ,research ,a/b testing

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