"Beg, borrow, buy or steal a copy of Usability Testing Essentials: Ready, Set.Test! This is as good a book on usability testing as you are going to find, and it will provide practical guidance regardless of your experience level.if you want a single book on usability, a book that will touch upon the primary topical areas in sufficient detail to be useful, Usability Testing Essentials: Ready, Set.Test! by Carol Barnum is the one to read. You won't be disappointed."--User Experience, Volume 11, Issue 4, 4th Quarter 2012
"Have you been inspired to try usability testing, but not sure exactly how to go about it? Carol Barnum's book will take you step-by-step through all you need to do. Plus, she gives you a solid background in the context and history of testing - and adds a valuable chapter on international testing. Carol is highly regarded as a teacher, an academic, and a practitioner, and all three of her roles shine through in this book" -- Caroline Jarrett, User Experience and Usability Consultant, Effortmark Limited, author of Forms that Work
"Carol Barnum's Usability Testing Essentials delivers just what the title promises. Readers who are new to usability studies will find here all they need to know to design and execute a test, analyze the test data, and provide an effective report with recommendations for clients. But even usability experts will find the book chock full of ideas, insights, and suggestions that will improve their practice and their teaching in this increasingly important area of study. Barnum's expertise on the subject shines through on every page, but the book's greatest strength is its careful attention to analyzing test results, a topic that earlier texts have tended to gloss over much too quickly." -- George Hayhoe, PhD, Mercer University School of Engineering
"Usability Testing Essentials will guide you through both conducting a usability evaluation and making the decisions that will make it a useful and effective part of any user experience project. Carol Barnum places usability evaluation into the larger context of user-centered design. It is a valuable resource for anyone getting started in usability and a excellent companion to both Letting Go of the Words and Forms that Work."-Whitney Quesenbery, WQusability
"Carol Barnum has done a wonderful job of distilling her research, consulting, and teaching experience into this very lively, practical book on how to do usability testing. You get up-to-date, step-by-step help with lots of variations to suit your own situation. You see each part in action through the running case study. If you have a global market, you'll especially want the chapter on international usability testing. This is a great addition to the usability toolkit. -- Janice (Ginny) Redish, Charter member of the UPA, author of Letting Go of the Words - Writing Web Content that Works
"Carol is a rare breed, both an academic and a practitioner. Her voice of experience comes across clearly, backed by references that illustrate where and who our methods came from. Newcomers to usability testing will find a solid introduction; while those more experienced will find unexpected insights into the field."-Carolyn Snyder, Snyder Consulting
"What makes so many products so difficult for the average person to use?"Carol Barnum posits this question in her introduction to this book. Too many perfectly functioning products are being returned because they are not usable. Strong usability testing is the key. But what do we do if under a strict budget and time constraints? How do we properly prepare, test, analyze, and measure across a multitude of cultures, generations, and countries? There are many different testing methods and numerous situations in which to test; however, all are grounded in the same basics of usability testing.
Usability Testing Essentials presents a practical, step-by-step approach to learning the entire process of planning and conducting a usability test. It also explains how to analyze and apply the results and what to do when confronted with budgetary and time restrictions. This is the ideal book for anyone involved in usability or user-centered design-from students to seasoned professionals.
I wish I had had a book like Carole Barnum's Usability Testing Essentials: Ready, Set...Test!
The writing is written in a way that it's easy to read well into the book without having to stop and re-read to digest the concepts presented.
As I said when I wrote the foreword, you might wonder why I'd recommend a book about usability testing when I have one out there myself.
This book was purchased for a class. Unlike other textbooks, it is easy to read and use for all students.Published 10 months ago by Amanda Bennett
Barnum gives great usability information that's easy for any designer or UX novice. Great addition to anyone desiring to do their own usability testing.Published 15 months ago by andy
As a software tester by profession, it's nice to see some emphasis being put on usability as well. Although I don't plan on setting up my OWN usability studies, I do observe them... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Stefohnee
A lot of books will go on their own way, with some examples that are very hard to duplicate. They either talk about a particular way of testing that requires expensive equipment,... Read morePublished 23 months ago by M. Cordoba
The book gives few bit of theory and rest is good attempt on hand-on execution. The author does a very good work on helping to identify and categorize the types of usability test... Read morePublished on January 4, 2012 by Prabhu Ram
Heard about usability testing and want to try it yourself?
This book will take you step-by-step through all the key considerations, from thinking about why you want to... Read more
This book is an awesome "how-to" manual for usability testing, from start to finish. I especially appreciate the structured approach, as well as the up-to-date examples (e.g. Read morePublished on July 23, 2011 by Susan Katz