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"Hackos and Redish wisely offer us the three things we most need about user and task analysis: practical advice, practical advice, and practical advice." -Ben Shneiderman, University of Maryland
"This book is well written, thorough, and loaded with techniques, examples, and resources that bring analysis to everyone." -Marcia L. Conner, Director of Usability & Learnability PeopleSoft, Inc.
User and Task Analysis for Interface Design helps you design a great user interface by focusing on the most important step in the process -the first one. You learn to go out and observe your users at work, whether they are employees of your company or people in customer organizations. You learn to find out what your users really need, not by asking them what they want, but by going through a process of understanding what they are trying to accomplish.
JoAnn Hackos and Janice (Ginny) Redish, internationally known experts in usable design, take you through a step-by-step process to conduct a user and task analysis. You learn:
* How interface designers use user and task analysis to build successful interfaces
* Why knowledge of users, their tasks, and their environments is critical to successful design
* How to prepare and set up your site visits
* How to select and train your user and task analysis team
* What observations to make, questions to ask, and questions to avoid
* How to record and report what you have learned to your development team members
* How to turn the information you've gathered into design ideas
* How to create paper prototypes of your interface design
* How to conduct usability tests with your prototypes to find out if you're on the right track.
This book includes many examples of design successes and challenges for products of every kind.
About the book xiv
Chapter 1: Introducing User and Task Analysis for Interface Design 1
PART 1: UNDERSTANDING THE CONTEXT OF USER AND TASK ANALYSIS 21
Chapter 2: Thinking about Users 23
Chapter 3: Thinking about Tasks 51
Chapter 4: Thinking about the Users' Environment 91
Chapter 5: Making the Business Case for Site Visits 111
PART 2: GETTING READY FOR SITE VISITS 127
Chapter 6: Selecting Techniques 129
Chapter 7: Setting Up Site Visits 155
Chapter 8: Preparing for the Site Visits 193
PART 3: CONDUCTING THE SITE VISIT 241
Chapter 9: Conducting the Site Visit—Honing Your Observation Skills 243
Chapter 10: Conducting the Site Visit—Honing Your Interviewing Skills 273
PART 4: MAKING THE TRANSITION FROM ANALYSIS TO DESIGN 295
Chapter 11: Analyzing and Presenting the Data You Have Collected 299
Chapter 12: Working Toward the Interface Design 345
Chapter 13: Prototyping the Interface Design 375
Chapter 14: User and Task Analysis for Documentation and Training 405
Appendix A: Template for a Site Visit Plan 447
Appendix B: Resources 455
Appendix C: Guidelines for User-Interface Design 457
Posted July 26, 2001
Hackos and Redish put together a terrific book that is fun and easy to read. They included several great references to actual situations encountered in different companies. This book focuses more on conducting Site Visits than Usability Tests, but the same principles could be applied to testing.
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