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Think Like a UX Researcher
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Introduction vii Acknowledgments xi 1 Setting the Stage 1 The Seven Deadly Sins of UX Research 2 Think Like a Detective 10 The Two Questions We Answer with UX Research 18 Anatomy of a Research Question 21 Applying Psychology to UX Research 28 Why Iterative Design Isn't Enough to Create Innovative Products 33 Does your Company Deliver a Superior Customer Experience? 38 2 Planning User Experience Research 43 Defining Your UX Research Problem 44 How to Approach Desk Research 51 Conducting an Effective Stakeholder Interview 56 Identifying the User Groups for Your UX Research 64 Writing the Perfect Participant Screener 69 Arguments Against a Representative Sample 75 How to Find More Usability Problems with Fewer Participants 81 Deciding on Your First Research Activity with Users 85 3 Conducting User Experience Research 89 Gaining Informed Consent from Your Research Participants 90 What Is Design Ethnography? 96 Structuring the Ethnographic Interview 100 Writing Effective Usability Test Tasks 106 The Five Mistakes You'll Make as a Usability Test Moderator 110 Avoiding Personal opinions in Usability Expert Reviews 116 Toward a Lean UX 121 Controlling Researcher Effects 128 4 Analyzing User Experience Research 135 Sharpening Your Thinking Tools 136 UX Research and Strength of Evidence 145 Agile Personas 150 How to Prioritize Usability Problems 156 Creating Insights, Hypotheses and Testable Design Ideas 160 How to Manage Design Projects with User Experience Metrics 166 Two Measures that Will Justify Any Design Change 173 Your Web Survey Is a Lot Less Reliable than You Think 177 5 Persuading People to Take Action on the Results of User Experience Research 183 Evangelizing UX Research 184 How to Create a User Journey Map 195 Generating Solutions to Usability Problems 203 Building UX Research Into the Design Studio Methodology 208 Dealing with Common objections to UX Research 215 The User Experience Debrief Meeting 221 Creating a User Experience Dashboard 228 Achieving Boardroom Influence 234 6 Building a Career in User Experience 241 Hiring a User Experience Leader 242 A Tool for Assessing and Developing the Technical Skills of User Experience Practitioners 248 Going Beyond Technical Skills: What Makes a Great UX Researcher? 260 How to Wow People with Your UX Research Portfolio 267 A Week-by-Week Guide to Your First Month in a UX Research Role 273 The Reflective UX Researcher 278 Endnotes 283 Index 289

About the Author

David Travis has been carrying out ethnographic field research and running product usability tests since 1989. He has published three books on user experience and over 30,000 students have taken his face-to-face and online training courses. He has a PhD in Experimental Psychology. Philip Hodgson has been a UX researcher for over 25 years. His work has influenced design for the US, European and Asian markets, for everything from banking software and medical devices to store displays, packaging and even baby care products. He has a PhD in Experimental Psychology.

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