Recruiting participants for usability tests can be time consuming and difficult. Additionally, staff with no formal background in UX might be hesitant to attempt running their own tests. The Test Fest approach addresses both of these challenges in one fell swoop.
Think of Test Fest as speed-dating meets usability testing. Multiple usability tests are bundled together in a two-hour period and participants move between different testing stations, staying at each for 20-minutes. This allows the moderators to run five tests in a short amount of time.
Prior to the event, test moderators attend a group training session on creating and moderating usability tests. The training provides preparation for anyone, no matter what their level of experience, to create and run a basic usability test. Test Fest is held after the staff training, at which the newly acquired skills are put into action.
Hear how staff members from Harvard Library and Harvard University IT came together to organize their Test Fest.
What you’ll learn:
- A time-saving method for motivating your users to participate in testing
- A structure for conducting usability testing that makes it approachable and less intimidating
- How to involve diverse members of your team in the magic of usability testing
- A professional development model for training, followed by hands-on application of skills related to usability testing