Lean User Testing – Pair with the PO to find MVP

View of my MacBook Pro using my iPad as a second monitor

Deep in start-up race – entering last sprint before POC, and a friend sends me a link to Marty Cagan’s most recent post on SVPG.  It’s all about the MVP vs. Minimal product.  (Read it here).   The thing in the article that resonates for me, a UX person, is how a “usability test” can be SO MUCH MORE.

View of my MacBook Pro using my iPad as a second monitor

Early morning in Portland, walking through the results of User Testing with the Scrum Team

It is critical  to figure out — when one is making a new product, especially, not just IF someone can use it….. but WILL they.    Will they buy it, and use it, make it a part of their lives, and recommend it to their friends and colleagues?  How do you find this out?  Lots of market research, sure.  But we can also grab some of this information during UX sessions — where we have traditionally focused on “can the user figure out how to perform critical tasks”  and “is the experience pleasurable — or  just not heinous.” Read More

Using the Story Wall for Chunking User’s Tasks

Matt is working at the story wall

I am grateful to be working with Matt Hixson on some really neat tools that will help people realize the power of social media for their business.  I won’t say a lot about that — but  do check out Matt’s blog here:  http://www.thestudyofsocial.com/.

Matt is working at the story wall

Matt is working at the story wall. He is looking at stories that equate to task chunks. IxD sketches of components that support the user in doing various tasks are pinned to the wall next to the stories

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