Learning from the Work of Others

Jared Spool

July 28th, 2017

In this week’s article, Will Schroeder discusses two studies by Rolf Molich in which several usability teams independently tested the same interface and how we can use this analysis to hold a mirror up to our own work.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

There are a lot of usability handbooks and guidelines out there with seemingly good advice, but should we adopt methods we’ve never seen in action? How do we learn from usability tests if the details of screening, test protocols, and analysis are not presented along with the test results? Can anyone accurately reproduce a usability test series from the limited descriptions in a typical conference paper? Most importantly, how can we learn from others without dogging their steps from start to finish?

We were excited when we learned that Rolf Molich had completed two studies that truly facilitate this kind of learning.

Read the article: Learning from the Work of Others

Are there other ways that you’ve been able to learn from the work of others? Tell us about it below.

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