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Category: User Research 35 seminars, 24 instructors, and you

Optimizing your site to be recognized by the search engines isn’t a lost art — it’s a requirement. To be found, your meta information and content components need to speak to the terms users input into organic search just as much as they need to work with Google's formula.

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Melissa Perri

Designing To Learn: Testing Your Minimum Viable Product

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Melissa Perri

What You’ll Learn

  • Approach your MVP as an Experiment to test your product hypothesis and learn more about your customers
  • Design the most effective product experimentations and MVPs
  • Gain support within your organization for using MVPs as a testing method
  • Incorporate MVPs into your overall product strategy
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Cyd Harrell

Metaphors in Qualitative Research & Analysis: The Force is Strong

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Cyd Harrell

What You’ll Learn

  • Use games and tricks to identify the important metaphors within a qualitative dataset, particularly ones that surface hypotheses you can test
  • Invite stakeholders who may be focused on quantitative research to see the power of the qualitative side of things
  • Turn information into useful data by using spreadsheet programs to tackle big qualitative datasets
  • Gain deep insights when you categorize and cluster information more rigorously
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Cindy Alvarez

Infectious Research

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Cindy Alvarez

As a researcher, you spend your days understanding the customer—who are they? What problems are they solving? How do they behave today? How are they making decisions?  How do you get that knowledge from your head into everyone else's heads? 

You can't be in every meeting, you can't rely on everyone to read research reports, and—to make things even more challenging—you're often the bearer of bad news. Nope, the customer doesn't need this; sorry, the customer acts in totally unexpected ways.

In this talk, I'll share my tactics for spreading customer insights through an organization (even when they're not popular). You'll walk away with templates and some ideas to put into practice ASAP!

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Abby Covert

Making Sense of Research Findings

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Abby Covert

What You’ll Learn

  • Learn what you can do before, during, and after research activities to make gathering insights more efficient later on
  • Gain confidence in breaking down large sets of research data into manageable areas to focus on
  • Improve the way you communicate research insights to clients and colleagues
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Leah Buley

The Right Research Method for Any Problem (and Budget)

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Leah Buley

The mighty user research toolkit is packed with techniques. It can do everything from blue sky innovation research, to need-finding and requirements gathering, to product validation and testing. But many teams don't exploit the full toolkit, sticking instead to one side or the other of the quant versus qual divide, or returning again and again to that tired old workhorse—usability testing. In this session, Leah Buley will share a primer on the range of research methods available, and guide you in determining which is the best technique for what you’re trying to learn now (and for your budget).

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Steve Portigal

User Research Analysis Techniques: You’ve Done All This Research… Now What?

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Steve Portigal

What You’ll Learn

  • Synthesize—turn field data into insights
  • Explore ideation, where insights become solutions
  • Conduct activities that are exclusively about the data and don't deal with the solutions
  • Understand the research implications by translating them into possibilities and actions
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Dana Chisnell

Recruiting for Usability Testing: Getting the Right People in the Room for User Research and Usability Tests 

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Dana Chisnell

What You’ll Learn

  • Understand where to source your participants and how to use selection criteria to screen them
  • Improve the show rate of participants, learn how to compensate them, and deal with no-shows
  • Do the recruiting yourself, but also know how you can work effectively with a recruiting agency
  • Do this process the right way, improve your results and get beneficial user research
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Jared Spool

Search, Scent, and the Happiness of Pursuit

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Jared Spool

What You’ll Learn

  • Form a search implementation strategy around your customer's mission (and why that's the fastest way to success)
  • Find a hidden resource on your server that shows you exactly how to make search more effective
  • Understand why focusing on "searchers" is a design strategy that gets teams into trouble
  • Put together your own Search benchmark test, that will give you regular feedback on how well you're doing
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Dana Chisnell

The Quick, the Cheap, and the Insightful: Conducting Usability Tests in the Wild

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Dana Chisnell

It's not clear when "quick and dirty" became a dirty phrase in the usability world. There are those that believe that testing must be scientific, and that takes time and money — luxuries not often available to many development projects.
However, it doesn't have to be that way. Useful insights can come just by having the chance to talk with and observe participants in the most informal of settings, such as cafés, trade shows, and the company cafeteria. You can get value from a quick test, even if you only have 2 days to pull it off, or don’t have a working design yet. Traditional by-the-book testing has its merits, but you can still get valid, useful results by cutting out the time-consuming and budget-busting expenses.

Usability testing expert Dana Chisnell knows what it means to work by-the-book – she co-wrote “the book” (The Handbook of Usability Testing) with Jeff Rubin. In this seminar, Dana will break down the process of collecting user research data, exploring the must-haves, the nice-to-haves, and the certainly-can-do-withouts. You'll learn how you can answer your essential design questions using methods that would make MacGyver proud.
This presentation is perfect if you have yet to conduct your first usability test. If you’re experienced with testing, Dana will show you some new ways to inject user research into those tight-on-resources projects that keep cropping up.

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Larry Constantine

Don't Panic: Design and Usability Under Impossible Pressure

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Larry Constantine

What You’ll Learn

  • Leverage Sample-of-One Testing to increase valuable information from just one user
  • Improve your time-boxed project management techniques to conduct design activities faster and push your design team to the limits of agility and ingenuity
  • Take advantage of the decision triage, identify your design's most important features and focus resources on those areas
  • Pare down your field research efforts while still learning everything you need to create a successful design
  • Use tactical modeling techniques to quickly capture insights about users and their needs
  • Identify key information about your users and learn not to waste time on unproductive design activities
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Christine Perfetti

Demystifying Usability Tests: Learning the Basics

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Christine Perfetti

What You’ll Learn

  • Set up your usability testing lab, including an overview of User Interface Engineering's typical test set-up
  • Recruit the right users to get the most accurate test results
  • Know how many users are really necessary for a usability test
  • The basics of task design, and different types of tasks
  • Become a better facilitator and communicate with users and test observers
  • Collect test results and evaluate what makes an effective report
  • Fundamentals of remote usability testing