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Wednesday 28th September 2016
"Five users will find 85% of the usability problems" - and other myths about usability testing

Rolf Molich from DialogDesign

Usability testing is by far the most widely used usability method. Nonetheless, it’s often conducted with poor or unsystematic methodology and thus doesn’t always live up to its full potential. Rolf Molich will lead an interactive and lively discussion about a number of controversial beliefs about usability evaluation and discuss if they are truths or myths.


About this month's speaker

Rolf Molich

One of the pioneers of usability, Rolf has worked in the field since 1984 and together with Jakob Nielsen created the method of heuristic evaluation. He conceived and coordinated the Comparative Usability Evaluation studies in which more than 100 professional usability teams tested or reviewed the same applications.



Rolf has helped to develop the CPUX certification program and has been involved in drafting of the curriculum.

Rolf was a principal investigator in the Nielsen Norman Group’s large-scale usability test of 20 US e-commerce websites, involving more than 60 users. He wrote the best-selling Danish book User Friendly Computer Systems, of which roughly 30,000 copies have been sold. The book is now available in English, with the title Usable Web Design.


Evening Schedule

  1. 6.15pm - 6.45pm: Get a drink and take a seat!
  2. 6.45pm - 7.30pm: "Five users will find 85% of the usability problems" - and other myths about usability testing
  3. 7.30pm - 8pm: Open mic - Tell us something, sell us anything, need help? ask the room
  4. 8pm - Close: Drinks and a good old natter in the bar!

Previous Events

July 2016:
Lies, and the lying liars who tell them - why you shouldn't listen to your customers

Jon Dixon from Bunnyfoot

As UX practitioners our main goal is to create the best customer experience possible. This means not just designing experiences that give our users all the things they want but also all the things they need - answering their questions, alleviating their anxieties and supplying their demands. Doing that will give us very happy customers. But how do we find out what those drivers, blockers, needs and worries are? The obvious answer is to ask them. But is this all we need to do? In this light-hearted and interactive talk we’ll explore some of the reasons why simply listening to your users might be a bad idea.

Twitter@BunnyfootSays


May 2016:
Conversion Rate Optimisation: Lessons from Start-Up ville

Tom Waterfall from Lost my name

Having come over from heading up an optimisation services team vendor-side and doing CRO for about 8 years, Tom shared lessons from joining his first start up over the last 6 months.

Twitter@tom_waterfall


March 2016:
Transforming the Home Office: Using agile, user research and service design to deliver better services for citizens

Katy Arnold & Kate Tarling from Home Office Digital (GDS)

Twitter@HODigital


January 2016:
MAKE IT OR BREAK IT: CONTENT STRATEGY TALES FROM THE VAULT

Rahel Bailie from Scroll

The discipline of content strategy has been evolving, and has gone from obscurity to necessity for communicators with sophisticated publishing needs. We’ve matured to the point where we have some lessons to teach - some of them uplifting, others not so much. This presentation will brush off the cobwebs, and share the highlights of some of the more "interesting" projects from the presenter’s repertoire.

Twitter@rahelab


November 2015:
The Naked Project

Mark Goddard & Gemma Barnes from Quba

Slides coming soon!

The Naked Project. A talk for project managers, coaches, business owners, clients, designers, the lot. We’re not here to preach about the design process, or how you should be working. We’re here to talk about a real life client project we worked on, and how we collaborated with a London Airport to pitch, research and design a website used by 4.5 million people with a real focus on transforming the way they work. No project is perfect so let’s learn together and share.

Twitterqubadigital


September 2015:
Applying design principles: War stories

Clara Teoh & Ruben Huidobro from GDS

Video coming soon!

Twitter@gdsteam


July 2015:
How to Test Your Mobile Site Without Spending A Fortune

Barry Briggs from The BBC

Barry Briggs showed us why usability testing your site on mobile devices needn’t be difficult nor expensive, but might require a bit of DIY.

Twitter@quiffboy


May 2015:
The Internet of Things: People are the Product

James Bailey from Bunnyfoot

Companies are investing billions into the Internet of Things (IoT). They are exploring what is possible and trying to find value in connecting the world around us. How can they avoid costly mistakes? The answers lie in our everyday lives. In the talk James Bailey looks at how you can create superior products and services through a user-centred approach.

Twitter@bunnyfootsays


March 2015:
Just Enough Engineering: is full-stack design a thing now?

Dan Jones from Capital One

Agile is pretty much the de facto methodology for new software projects, and it brings a renewed emphasis on collaboration to deliver great products. During this talk, Dan discussed full-stack design, how it can help improve collaboration between design and development, why it scares the life out of him (in a good way) and why he expects to spend less time creating wireframes in the future.

Twitter@danorak


January 2015:
The (M)admen of the 50s were the first User Experience designers – and we should revisit what many have forgotten to improve the experiences of today

Jon Dodd from Bunnyfoot

Evidence based design, Function over form, measuring effectiveness, persuasive design, emotional design… and more - find out how some of the leading lights of the Madison Avenue admen era were practicing and delivering positive, persuasive and profitable customer interactions decades before digital – most of the wisdom is still relevant today.

Twitter@jonbunnyfoot


November 2014:
International Usability Testing: Stories from the field

Veronika Jermolina from Bunnyfoot

You’ve designed a website, a checkout flow, or a service. You’ve conducted usability testing, fixed the issues. All that’s left now is to send your copy to the translation agency to translate into other languages… Veronika showed us that this approach is likely to throw unexpected issues that may prevent customers from engaging with the product. Veronika shared her learnings and anecdotes from planning, conducting and analysing international user research. Veronika demonstrated pragmatic and usable techniques for accommodating international customers.

Twitter@welikethis


Future UX Sheffield Events

Date Venue Description Speaker  
Past event - 30/09/15 Sheffield Tap Applying design principles: War stories Clara Teoh & Ruben Huidobro  
Past event - 25/11/15 Sheffield Tap The Naked Project Mark Goddard & Gemma Barnes  
Past event - 27/01/2016 Sheffield Tap Make It or Break It: Content Strategy Tales from the Vault Rahel Bailie  
Past event - 30/03/2016 Sheffield Tap Transforming the Home Office: Using agile, user research and service design to deliver better services for citizens Kate Tarling & Katy Arnold - GDS: Home Office Digital  
Past event - 25/04/2016 Sheffield Tap Conversion Rate Optimisation: Lessons from Start-Up ville Tom Waterfall  
27/07/2016 Sheffield Tap Lies, and the lying liars who tell them - why you shouldn't listen to your customers Jon Dixon Register
28/09/2016 The Electric works ”Five users will find 85% of the usability problems” - and other myths about usability testing Rolf Mollich  

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