Monday, June 25, 2007
Why? Well when you are testing users, regardless of how "real world" you try to make it, the user always knows that they are being tested. Many people are self-conscious having someone (or two people usually) looking over their shoulder. There are many other reasons as well.
Now before all the UCD practicioners stand up and start disagreeing with me, let me make one last point that is important. In order for this approach to work you have to make realistic assumptions in which you are highly confident. So how do you make confident assumptions? That is part of Tip #2. Stay tuned.
If ignoring your users sounds like an approach you are interested in, check out http://rhjr.net/theblog/2007/06/06/why-we-should-ignore-users-the-podcast/
Saturday, June 23, 2007
I should have clarified in my initial post that my main focus is in the design/development of RIAs. So most of what I will be talking about will be focusing on apps based on Flex, AIR, Silverlight or AJAX. This isn’t to say that traditional desktop apps won’t be discussed. They just aren’t my focus.
Also, since I have had the opportunity to build apps in both AJAX and Flex, I will share my thoughts on my experiences.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
More to come.