Rocket Surgery Made Easy – takeaways

rocket surgery made easy book cover

Book author: Steve Krug

Analytics tell what, but not why!

Spend 1 morning a month to test with 3 users. Preparation work:

  • decide what to test
  • choose the tasks
  • write test scenarios
  • recruit participants
  • get stakeholders to attend (optional)

Use websites like Craigslist to recruit. Recuitment process:

  • put out invitations (provide email address only)
  • screen the most promising candidates

Follow-up email:

  • send confirmation email; instructions where to park/bus, etc; location of room
  • phone number to call ICE
  • non-disclosure agreement
  • the day before the test, call the users to confirm attendance and ask if they have any questions.

Download checklists, consent form, instructions for observers, etc

A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)

The perfect is the enemy of the good.(Voltaire)



user testing maxims

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