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Chapter 13. Projects > Efficient Project Planning

Efficient Project Planning

There is much that can be done in the project planning stage to make the work faster and more efficient.

  • Use standard project planning techniques to track phases and activities.

  • Watch for cases where a critical path can put the whole schedule in jeopardy. For example, when working on an interface structure, the day that the project is approved, start working out the details of participant acquisition for the data gathering sessions. The data gathering is the third or fourth activity, but getting participants lined up can take weeks. If not started immediately, this could delay the whole project.

  • Work concurrently. Usability work often allows for concurrent activities. Graphic artists can be working on designs while the usability practitioners are writing questionnaires. Results can be tabulated for the first day of testing while the second day of testing is in progress.

  • Be ready to make adjustments. Usability work is often influenced by outside factors, such as developer activities and business needs. Be prepared to review your project, plan often, and make adjustments.

  • Hold firm. People tend to think that usability is the area to change or cut back when time is limited. Don't let others force you into agreeing to do a task in less time than it will take.


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