This book is short, well written, and gives the reader a LOT to think about. I’ve been reading it in small bits because I end up taking so many notes.
Chapter 3 – The Process
The systematic inquiry for research:
- Define problem
- Select approach
- Plan and prepare research
- Collect the data
- Analyze the data
- Report results
(see Fig. 3.1 on page 39)
Base your definition on a verb that has an outcome – identify, evaluate, etc.
Your problem will point you to a style of research.
- problem statement
- who is performing what roles
- how to target and recruit
- incentive, tools and materials
Perform a screener to test possible participants – a simple survey that identifies:
- what are specific behaviors
- Level of tool knowledge and access
- what knowledge of the topic do they need?
*Usability testing is necessary, but not always sufficient*
It provides you with a story, predicts what may or may not be successful, pre Q&A testing, identifies which user tasks are important.
Good participants, good facilitation and good analysis is important – not a perfect usability lab setup. Real life isn’t conducted in a lab!
Analyze the data:
- Look for meaningful data
- Turn into observations, which will then turn into
Chapter 4 – Organizational Research
User-centered design considers client stakeholders part of the standard requirements.
Asking the same questions of different people will lead to understanding differences in motivation and understanding.
A stakeholder is a group without whose support the organization would cease to exists. Plan to:
- Neutralize politics (yeah, right)
- Understand priorities within organization
- Tailor the process to work methods
- Technical & business requirements
- Getting buy in
- Understanding how your work affects the organization
- Understanding the workflow
- Set agenda and send a few key questions ahead of time.
- Good questions on page 67 & 68
- Document attitude and they see as goal
Business requirement – a clear statement of what success will look like. What the doc should look like:
- Problem statement
- Gather ALL of the goals
- Success metrics
- Completion critera
- Scope (boundaries). Note what is OUT of scope.
- Risk, concerns, contingency plans
- Workflow diagram
- Add verbatim quotes for impact!