User and Task Analysis for Interface Design

  • 10h 9m
  • Janice C. Redish, JoAnn T. Hackos
  • John Wiley & Sons (US)
  • 1998

User and Task Analysis for Interface Design helps you design a great user interface by focusing on the most important step in the process -the first one. You learn to go out and observe your users at work, whether they are employees of your company or people in customer organizations. You learn to find out what your users really need, not by asking them what they want, but by going through a process of understanding what they are trying to accomplish.

JoAnn Hackos and Janice (Ginny) Redish, internationally known experts in usable design, take you through a step-by-step process to conduct a user and task analysis. You learn:

  • How interface designers use user and task analysis to build successful interfaces
  • Why knowledge of users, their tasks, and their environments is critical to successful design
  • How to prepare and set up your site visits
  • How to select and train your user and task analysis team
  • What observations to make, questions to ask, and questions to avoid
  • How to record and report what you have learned to your development team members
  • How to turn the information you've gathered into design ideas
  • How to create paper prototypes of your interface design
  • How to conduct usability tests with your prototypes to find out if you're on the right track.

In this Book

  • Introducing User and Task Analysis for Interface Design
  • Thinking About Users
  • Thinking About Tasks
  • Thinking About the Users’ Environment
  • Making the Business Case for Site Visits
  • Selecting Techniques
  • Setting Up Site Visits
  • Preparing for the Site Visits
  • Conducting the Site Visit—Honing Your Observation Skills
  • Conducting the Site Visit—Honing Your Interviewing Skills
  • Analyzing and Presenting the Data You Have Collected
  • Working Toward the Interface Design
  • Prototyping the Interface Design
  • User and Task Analysis for Documentation and Training
  • Bibliography