• 24. 4. 2024

How to conduct a usability testing

Find out what does it take to conduct a usability test and in what situations is this method the most suitable.

Usability tests usually take place in a special kind of lab that allows recordings of the sessions or observing the participant by team members in the other room. Participant gets a product or a prototype and a series of situations that are created to test the usability and intuitivness of the product.

The participant goes through the situations and the designers with other stakeholders are able to see how is their product actually used and what parts should they work on.

Steps you should go through in a usability testing

Set a research goal

Write down what you want to achieve through usability testing. Try to be as specific as possible. You can add a few secondary goals as well.

Set a date

Find a date which will suit your team.

Recruit respondents

Define the number and the type of respondents you want to recruit (their age, abilities, skills, level of education etc.). You can recruit them by yourself or use help from a recruiting agency. Make sure to let the respondents know about the date and place where the testing will be conducted.

Write a scenario

Define situations you want to test out. Try out how long does each situation take and set the timing for the usability testing session.

Test out a prototype

Find out if there aren’t any bugs or mistakes in your prototype or product. Make sure it’s ready for testing.

Conduct usability testing

Bring your team members to the testing so they can see how the users interact with the product. Don’t forget to record your sessions.

Analyze your sessions

Find out what worked and what didn’t. Try to visualize the weak spots and bring new ideas from the testing to your team.

Make a summary 

Point out the most important findings and insights and make sure the designers will include them in the product.

Find out more about usability testing

There are plenty of articles about usability testing on our blog. If you are interested in this topic, make sure to visit it.

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How many respondents?

How many respondents should you recruit for usability testing? Why this number?

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Usability testing with UserUp

Before investing into a new solution, conducting initial tests with your users can ensure your concept is strong enough to bring into later development stages. This testing phase helps to identify the most efficient solutions to bring forward for development and launch.

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