2 Testing here, there, everywhere

Do you need a lab to do usability testing? No.

Do you need to be with the user to do usability testing? No.

Do you need to be present at all to do usability testing? No.

If any of these answers surprise you, read on. If you haven’t done usability testing yet because you thought you needed a lab or you needed to be present, you can start now without anything more than a pad and pen, the product, and the user.

These days, usability testing is easy and affordable because it doesn’t require a fancy lab, expensive equipment, or even a dedicated room for testing. These days, you can do usability testing here, there, everywhere.

This chapter tells you how to do usability testing:

• in a lab with some
basic requirements ...

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