"Many people think they know how to create personas-but they don’t. Hearsay knowledge gathered from surface browsing of a few websites and press releases is a scary and risky background for building a tool on which your user experience is supposed to rest. Better (and safer for your project) to learn from people like Adlin and Pruitt who actually know what they’re talking about. As this book shows, personas are not that hard, but there’s still more to them than what you can pick up from a blog posting. Read The Essential Persona Lifecycle or suffer." -- Jakob Nielsen, Principal, Nielsen Norman Group
From the Back Cover
Personas play an essential role in the development of successful products. Without creating profiles of target customers and studying them throughout your product development lifecycle, it’s impossible to truly understand user need, context, and pain points. The Essential Persona Lifecycle is an easy-to-reference guide on persona creation, use, and evaluation. Whether you are a student or a UX practitioner, if you are developing products that people are intended to use, this book is for you.