July 22nd, 2008
Usability Tools Podcast: Moderating Usability Tests, Part 2
Recorded: July 3rd, 2008.
Brian Christiansen, UIE Podcast Producer
Duration: 34m | File size: 19 MB
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[ Show Notes ]
In this episode of Usability Tools, Brian Christiansen and I continue on how to moderate a usability test. As I mentioned last week, the episode got so long that we decided to break it into two parts. You can find part 1 here. This week’s show focuses upon the step-by-step tasks of running the session with a participant and your observers.
Good moderating is critically important to a successful session. Here are a few points we touched upon in the show:
- Practice and repetition improves your moderation skills. Start the session on the right foot by greeting your user on time and by laying out exactly what will happen during the session.
- Inform your user of their rights as a participant; their comfort is key. Have and follow a testing protocol which will lead you through all the information, and through all the testing steps. It should also govern your observers.
- End your session on time. Respecting the time of your participants and observers is paramount. Walk your user out, both out of politeness and because small talk may lead to critical insights.
There’s much more in the show. If you have questions about the role of the moderator, feel free to ask them in the comments. We’ll try to answer them and may even work them into a future show.
[This show is the first in a series we’re going to do on the fundamentals of usability testing. In future shows, we’ll cover the entire gamut of testing, from initial planning, through task design, to data analysis and beyond. We want to create a complete resource that you’ll share with your entire team.]Tweet