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Chapter 7. Methodology > A Quick Check of Your Methodology

A Quick Check of Your Methodology

You may discover that your current methodology has some user-centered design in it, but you might be wondering if it is a good process. The following exercise helps you test it. HFI developed this test based on feedback from 35 usability professionals with a great deal of cumulative experience in the field. They were asked what the most important activities in user-centered design are. HFI then asked the participants to provide weightings for how much the activities impacted the quality of the results and fine-tuned the rating system by working with clients. This quick check works for Web sites, applications, and any other software designs.

To take the test, look at the 15 design activities described in Table 7-1 on pages 112–113. Check which ones are included in your methodology, then add up the points to get your Usability Quotient. The maximum rating is 100. If your methodology has less than 75 or so, it is probably in need of enhancement. If it is below 50, you probably need a whole new process.


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