Rocket Surgery Made Easy

The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems

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Author: Steve Krug

Publisher: New Riders

ISBN: 9780321702845

Category: Computers

Page: 168

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It's been known for years that usability testing can dramatically improve products. But with a typical price tag of $5,000 to $10,000 for a usability consultant to conduct each round of tests, it rarely happens. In this how-to companion to Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, Steve Krug spells out a streamlined approach to usability testing that anyone can easily apply to their own Web site, application, or other product. (As he said in Don't Make Me Think, "It's not rocket surgery".) Using practical advice, plenty of illustrations, and his trademark humor, Steve explains how to: Test any design, from a sketch on a napkin to a fully-functioning Web site or application Keep your focus on finding the most important problems (because no one has the time or resources to fix them all) Fix the problems that you find, using his "The least you can do" approach By paring the process of testing and fixing products down to its essentials ("A morning a month, that's all we ask"), Rocket Surgery makes it realistic for teams to test early and often, catching problems while it's still easy to fix them. Rocket Surgery Made Easy adds demonstration videos to the proven mix of clear writing, before-and-after examples, witty illustrations, and practical advice that made Don't Make Me Think so popular.

Don't Make Me Think, Revisited

A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability

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Author: Steve Krug

Publisher: New Riders

ISBN: 0133597261

Category: Computers

Page: 216

View: 9760

Since Don’t Make Me Think was first published in 2000, hundreds of thousands of Web designers and developers have relied on usability guru Steve Krug’s guide to help them understand the principles of intuitive navigation and information design. Witty, commonsensical, and eminently practical, it’s one of the best-loved and most recommended books on the subject. Now Steve returns with fresh perspective to reexamine the principles that made Don’t Make Me Think a classic–with updated examples and a new chapter on mobile usability. And it’s still short, profusely illustrated…and best of all–fun to read. If you’ve read it before, you’ll rediscover what made Don’t Make Me Think so essential to Web designers and developers around the world. If you’ve never read it, you’ll see why so many people have said it should be required reading for anyone working on Web sites. “After reading it over a couple of hours and putting its ideas to work for the past five years, I can say it has done more to improve my abilities as a Web designer than any other book.” –Jeffrey Zeldman, author of Designing with Web Standards

Usability Testing

A Practical Guide for Librarians

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Author: Rebecca Blakiston

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442229004

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 148

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Do you want to improve the usability of your library website, but feel that it is too difficult, time-consuming, or expensive? Usability Testing: A Practical Guide for Librarians will teach you how to make the case for usability testing, define your audience and their goals, select a usability testing method appropriate for your particular context, plan for an in-house usability test, conduct an effective in-house usability test, analyze usability test results, and create and implement a plan for ongoing, systematic usability testing. Step-by-step instructions, along with a myriad of examples, allow you to use this book as a practical guide, and adapt the techniques for your own context. Techniques are appropriate for libraries of all types, including academic, public, and special libraries.

Information Architecture

The Design and Integration of Information Spaces

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Author: Wei Ding,Xia Lin,Michael Zarro,Gary Marchionini

Publisher: Morgan & Claypool Publishers

ISBN: 1627059067

Category: Computers

Page: 152

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Information Architecture is about organizing and simplifying information, designing and integrating information spaces/systems, and creating ways for people to find and interact with information content. Its goal is to help people understand and manage information and make the right decisions accordingly. This updated and revised edition of the book looks at integrated information spaces in the web context and beyond, with a focus on putting theories and principles into practice. In the ever-changing social, organizational, and technological contexts, information architects not only design individual information spaces (e.g., websites, software applications, and mobile devices), but also tackle strategic aggregation and integration of multiple information spaces across websites, channels, modalities, and platforms. Not only do they create predetermined navigation pathways, but they also provide tools and rules for people to organize information on their own and get connected with others. Information architects work with multi-disciplinary teams to determine the user experience strategy based on user needs and business goals, and make sure the strategy gets carried out by following the user-centered design (UCD) process via close collaboration with others. Drawing on the authors’ extensive experience as HCI researchers, User Experience Design practitioners, and Information Architecture instructors, this book provides a balanced view of the IA discipline by applying theories, design principles, and guidelines to IA and UX practices. It also covers advanced topics such as iterative design, UX decision support, and global and mobile IA considerations. Major revisions include moving away from a web-centric view toward multi-channel, multi-device experiences. Concepts such as responsive design, emerging design principles, and user-centered methods such as Agile, Lean UX, and Design Thinking are discussed and related to IA processes and practices.

Running Lean

Iterate from Plan A to a Plan That Works

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Author: Ash Maurya

Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."

ISBN: 1449331912

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

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We live in an age of unparalleled opportunity for innovation. We’re building more products than ever before, but most of them fail—not because we can’t complete what we set out to build, but because we waste time, money, and effort building the wrong product. What we need is a systematic process for quickly vetting product ideas and raising our odds of success. That’s the promise of Running Lean. In this inspiring book, Ash Maurya takes you through an exacting strategy for achieving a "product/market fit" for your fledgling venture, based on his own experience in building a wide array of products from high-tech to no-tech. Throughout, he builds on the ideas and concepts of several innovative methodologies, including the Lean Startup, Customer Development, and bootstrapping. Running Lean is an ideal tool for business managers, CEOs, small business owners, developers and programmers, and anyone who’s interested in starting a business project. Find a problem worth solving, then define a solution Engage your customers throughout the development cycle Continually test your product with smaller, faster iterations Build a feature, measure customer response, and verify/refute the idea Know when to "pivot" by changing your plan’s course Maximize your efforts for speed, learning, and focus Learn the ideal time to raise your "big round" of funding Get on track with The Lean Series Presented by Eric Ries—bestselling author of The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses—The Lean Series gives you solid footing in a proven methodology that will help your business succeed.

Web Design DeMYSTiFieD

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Author: Wendy Willard

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 0071748024

Category: Education

Page: 384

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Website DESIGN just got a whole lot EASIER! Learn the latest website development tools, techniques, and best practices. Web Design Demystified provides the hands-on help you need to get started. Written in a step-by-step format, this practical guide begins by covering website planning and designing for screens. Then, you'll learn how to build pages, use and integrate HTML and CSS, work with JavaScript, PHP, and XML, and use templates. Get tips for testing and going live as well as information on e-mail design and search engine optimization. Clear examples and concise explanations make it easy to understand the material, and end-of-chapter quizzes and a final exam help reinforce key concepts. It's a no-brainer! You'll learn how to: Create design mockups that meet the project goals Add images and multimedia with HTML Style text, lists, links, and forms with CSS Integrate HTML and CSS for layout Improve your site's search engine ranking Code HTML for e-mail Simple enough for a beginner, but challenging enough for an intermediate user, Web Design Demystified gives you the tools you need to create successful websites.

Le guide de l'enseignant

The Teacher's guide - ouvrage bilingue français-anglais

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Author: Hubert-Félix Edjo'o Zeh,Ada Patrick Levant II

Publisher: Editions L'Harmattan

ISBN: 2140087356

Category: Education

Page: 304

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Voici un ouvrage en deux versions, française et anglaise, qui vous permettra de répondre à un certain nombre de questions que vous vous posez sur les plans pédagogique, didactique, et administratif. Il s'intéresse également à l'éthique et la déontologie enseignante en vue de développer chez l'éducateur les compétences nécessaires pour la gestion de sa relation avec l'apprenant, l'administration et les ressources mises à sa disposition pour une formation de qualité.

Advanced Web Metrics with Google Analytics

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Author: Brian Clifton

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 111823958X

Category: Computers

Page: 600

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This book is intended for use by customers using Google Classic Analytics and does not cover the newer Google Universal Analytics or related Google Tag Manager. Google Analytics is the free tool used by millions of web site owners to assess the effectiveness of their efforts. Its revised interface and new features will offer even more ways to increase the value of your web site, and this book will teach you how to use each one to best advantage. Featuring new content based on reader and client requests, the book helps you implement new methods and concepts, track social and mobile visitors, use the new multichannel funnel reporting features, understand which filters to use, and much more. Gets you up and running with all the new tools in the revamped Google Analytics, and includes content requested by readers and users especially for new GA users Covers social media analytics features, advanced segmentation displays, multi-dashboard configurations, and using Top 20 reports Provides a detailed best-practices implementation guide covering advanced topics, such as how to set up GA to track dynamic web pages, banners, outgoing links, and contact forms Includes case studies and demonstrates how to optimize pay-per-click accounts, integrate AdSense, work with new reports and reporting tools, use ad version testing, and more Make your web site a more effective business tool with the detailed information and advice about Google Analytics in Advanced Web Metrics with Google Analytics, 3nd Edition.

Prezi For Dummies

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Author: Diamond

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470926888

Category: Computers

Page: 336

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A one-stop resource for an exciting new Web-based, slide-free presentation tool! People who have been seeking a flashier version of PowerPoint have found it—and it's Prezi. A Web-based, slide-free presentation tool, Prezi allows users to create and give rich, Web-based presentations complete with dynamic content, contextual layouts, and eye-catching visuals. Prezi For Dummies gets you rapidly up to speed, including how to think outside the traditional slide, create your project, insert Flash and other graphic files, and publish your presentation to a public domain. You’ll also learn valuable tips on what makes a good Prezi. Introduces Prezi, a Web-based, Flash-friendly, dynamic presentation tool Explains how to use online and offline editors and insert images, video, sound, Flash files, and other complex graphics Covers presenting a Prezi, publishing it to a public domain, and collaborating with others Offers tips and insights on what makes a good Prezi—and how to think visually to create content that benefits your business or organization Move beyond slides, put your visual thinking cap on, and get the very most of Prezi with this timely, practical guide.

More Agile Testing

Learning Journeys for the Whole Team

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Author: Janet Gregory,Lisa Crispin

Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional

ISBN: 0133749568

Category: Computers

Page: 544

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Janet Gregory and Lisa Crispin pioneered the agile testing discipline with their previous work, Agile Testing. Now, in More Agile Testing, they reflect on all they’ve learned since. They address crucial emerging issues, share evolved agile practices, and cover key issues agile testers have asked to learn more about. Packed with new examples from real teams, this insightful guide offers detailed information about adapting agile testing for your environment; learning from experience and continually improving your test processes; scaling agile testing across teams; and overcoming the pitfalls of automated testing. You’ll find brand-new coverage of agile testing for the enterprise, distributed teams, mobile/embedded systems, regulated environments, data warehouse/BI systems, and DevOps practices. You’ll come away understanding • How to clarify testing activities within the team • Ways to collaborate with business experts to identify valuable features and deliver the right capabilities • How to design automated tests for superior reliability and easier maintenance • How agile team members can improve and expand their testing skills • How to plan “just enough,” balancing small increments with larger feature sets and the entire system • How to use testing to identify and mitigate risks associated with your current agile processes and to prevent defects • How to address challenges within your product or organizational context • How to perform exploratory testing using “personas” and “tours” • Exploratory testing approaches that engage the whole team, using test charters with session- and thread-based techniques • How to bring new agile testers up to speed quickly–without overwhelming them The eBook edition of More Agile Testing also is available as part of a two-eBook collection, The Agile Testing Collection (9780134190624).