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Tips for Usability Professionals in a Down Economy

Tom Tullis

Journal of Usability Studies, Volume 4, Issue 2, February 2009, pp. 60-69

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Tip #1: Be More Efficient with Your Usability Tests

We're always trying to improve the efficiency of our work, but that's even more important when resources are tight. Many of us work in companies where staff has been reduced and budgets cut, but we're still asked to keep up with the same demand that we had before the cuts. Traditional usability testing, whether in a lab or remotely over the phone, tends to be pretty time-consuming. Very useful and important, but not very efficient. It tends to be time-consuming both for the usability people running the test sessions and for any project team members observing them. The following are several ways that you might be able to improve the efficiency of this process:

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