Tag Archives: Interaction design

Measuring Great Design – Mad Libs Input Form

I came across a really interesting article LukeW.com, showing how making changes to the way an input form on a website increased interaction by 25 to 40%. The changes reflect the value of thinking outside-in, investing in user experience, and performance measurement.

Bonus: the idea is cool.

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User Goals and Corporate Goals

When defining requirements, you always start in the context of a goal – either a user goal or a corporate goal.  You need to be aware of both.  Having a positive user experience is important, and requires a user-centered understanding.  Achieving your corporate goals might be in conflict with some user goals.

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Use Case Management is a Tough Balancing Act

Learning how to write use cases can be tough, but it is simple compared to the balancing act of determining which use cases to write and how to manage the expectations of all the stakeholders that are involved. It can be a difficult balancing act to prioritize use cases to assure that you meet the goals of the business while satisfying the needs of the users.

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Nexus Friday Favorites

Each Friday, we highlight some of our favorite articles, bundles or reviews that people have submitted to nexus. Check out this week’s Friday Favorites…

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APR: Persona Development

The last step in our agile software development project was documenting our understanding of our users. In this article, we will define the personas that we will use to guide our design and requirement development. This definition of personas is built by combining our experiences in consulting, product and program management, and business analysis.

A couple other good articles on how to create personas:

In this article we define our primary, secondary, and supplemental user personas.

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Flashback: A Year Ago This Week on Tyner Blain [2006-04-21]

A look back at the best from a year ago.

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Flashback: A Year Ago This Week on Tyner Blain [2006-03-24]

A look back at the best from a year ago.

Flashback: A Year Ago This Week on Tyner Blain [2006-03-10]

A look back at the best from a year ago.

Product Management and User Experience

There’s a buzz going around about the conflict and collaboration between product managers and user experience professionals. It started with a pair of articles co-written by Jeff Lash and Chris Baum. In short, with a user-centric view of products, both roles are responsible for the success of the user-interactions. Who makes the decisions?

Gathering Implicit Requirements

Johanna Rothman just wrote an article titled Implicit Requirements are Still Requirements. She points out that her expectations were not met, even though her needs might have been. Johanna also implicitly begs the question – how do we gather implicit requirement?