Essential UI/UX Research Documentation

The documents I have listed below are essential in recording usability testing data to develop and provide direction of initial assertions with respect to the UI design. This list is what I consider the bare minimum when trying to develop any kind of recommendations with developers during Agile development cycles. All-in-One Usability Testing software tools such as Axure provide templates for novice UX practitioners that need a general starting point.

Usability Evaluation

  • Scope
  • Methods
  • Findings
  • Recommendations

Use of Severity Rating (Nielsen, 1993)
http://www.microsoft.com/usability/uepostings/desirabilitytoolkit.doc

User Survey

  • Scope
  • Methods
  • Results and Analysis
  • Recommendations
  • Questionnaire Design
  • Survey Questions

Heuristic Evaluation

  • Methodology
  • Findings
  • Evaluation
  • Conclusion

Heuristics defined by Ben Shneiderman, known as the “Eight Golden Rules of Interface Design” (Shneiderman, 1987)

Comparative Evaluation

  • Introduction
  • Scope
  • Discussion Points
  • Comparative Matrix [Feature Matrix]
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