This last week my homework and professional work have coincided a lot by considering how I can go about testing a site for mobile/a mobile application for in-vehicle use. I think it’s good that I have had to give purposeful thought to how I would go about setting up a mobile testing environment since this is a skill that translates to the real world (something I can’t say for a lot of my undergrad classes).
This last week I got to do guerilla usability testing by approaching strangers within the Renaissance Center in Detroit, MI. As an introvert I absolutely HATED approaching strangers and asking them to do tasks for me… this was very exhausting. Myself aside, as I was testing I wish I had a better set up with my iPad because it tended to fall down a lot (the user was not supposed to hold it) and a camera to record the users movements was to be desired. My partner and I definitely took a lot of notes but what the users say, ie “it’s intuitive!” is not what their behavior told me. I also would have integrated a stopwatch if I could redo this. It was a good first learning experience and I really do look forward to doing it again.