By just reading the title, some people around there will know what I am talking about. They don’t need to read further. Just go somewhere else. For others, keep yourself free for next 10 minutes, be relaxed, take a cup of coffee-filled one, and of course start reading further.
Here are some questions who you might want to consider:
- How many of you have really tested an application for “usability”?
- How many organizations have separate budget for usability testing?
- How many organizations did given task of usability testing to specialist test labs?
- How many of you read more than 10 lines on usability?
- Can you tell me name of the book, you refer for usability? Author please?
Mastering in one thing does not mean that you can stay weak in others.
One of the things that your project does not have separate budget for usability is that your technical staff of testers can’t explain what is usability and its need. Though your website is great in functionality and security but it doesn’t care for usability, no one will care for your business.
Usability is one of the important quality criteria of an application. There are many website you can see are hard to use, hard to master in least time, hard to use, and does not meet OS accessibility features.
Here are the things I do for my testing for usability:
One of my favorite ways for testing is that, before I jump on the product, I keep my self prepared checklist in front of me. You can download it from here.
Also, I am sharing with some of the brilliant websites and documents I read to update my checklist:
- You are Not Done Yet checklist by Braidy tester: Read for accessibility and Text accessibility part.
- Useit.com : A website of Jacob Neilson.
- Guidelines for usability testing for Children’s.<link>
- Microsoft website for usability standard
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2006) usability standard <link http://www.usability.gov/guidelines/index.html>
- IBM’S Designing for Usability: Key Principles and What Designers Think
- There are many add-on of Google chrome and Mozilla Firefox browser which support you while testing for usability. The smart list you can get from Moolya’s Website. Beware that, the list is outdated one and these guys are using more others tools also.
- One of my favorite blogger on usability W Craig Tomlin : http://www.usefulusability.com
- Favorite part of lazy testers : Usability Testing Tools http://www.usefulusability.com/24-usability-testing-tools/
- <To be updated>
The US accessibility standards are strict. If you are thinking of making a website for US people be aware of US accessibility standards. Or they will sue you.
The better way to solve the problem is to start the work from Requirements phase. The more you care about design, the more you will get benefits later.
There is important thing should be remember in mind. It’s of your test coverage for usability. The things that you tested and the things you have not tested.Ask this for each item in checklist. This will help you in situations where you need to protect yourself.
Get in touch with me , If you want one more tester for your organization to at least to test for usability of application. J Here is another post who says the same, in different way.
[The title of the post “please don’t make me think” I copied from the book, called “don’t make me think.” By Steve Krug. It’s an another way of marketing that book so that you will read it one day and know that how fantastic it is.]