SIGIA-L Mail Archives: Re: [Sigia-l] User Test Cost - Does this sound reasonable?
Re: [Sigia-l] User Test Cost - Does this sound reasonable?
This discussion has moved on since I last had time to contribute, so I'll be
BJ Cook wrote:
> > Our IT manager doesn't believe in usability and testing, he believes in
> > deployment of his software and apps.
Todd R.Warfel responded:
That can usually be resolved by either having the person observing some
> actual usability testing (behind the mirror or in another room via
closed circuit TV - you don't want the participant hearing the IT
manager yelling how stupid they are for not being able to figure out
> If they're not available for that, then showing them video vignettes
> will typically help.
[PGP] You're making a big assumption here, Todd. Where management isn't
friendly toward user-centered design, it's sometimes impossible to get a
budget for any usability testing. Such companies certainly don't have
usability labs with 2-way mirrors or closed-circuit TV.
And if that doesn't work, then putting some actual
> dollar figures on the costs associated with poor usability will
> typically do the trick - since managers traditionally deal with
> budgets, playing the numbers game is a way to break into their sense of
[PGP] Any suggestions for where to get this data?
Principal & User Experience Architect
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