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User Interface Inspection Methods

Book Description

User Interface Inspection Methods succinctly covers five inspection methods: heuristic evaluation, perspective-based user interface inspection, cognitive walkthrough, pluralistic walkthrough, and formal usability inspections.

Heuristic evaluation is perhaps the best-known inspection method, requiring a group of evaluators to review a product against a set of general principles. The perspective-based user interface inspection is based on the principle that different perspectives will find different problems in a user interface. In the related persona-based inspection, colleagues assume the roles of personas and review the product based on the needs, background, tasks, and pain points of the different personas. The cognitive walkthrough focuses on ease of learning.

Most of the inspection methods do not require users; the main exception is the pluralistic walkthrough, in which a user is invited to provide feedback while members of a product team listen, observe the user, and ask questions.

After reading this book, you will be able to use these UI inspection methods with confidence and certainty.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. Inspections and Walkthroughs
    1. Which Method Should You Use?
  6. Chapter 1. Heuristic Evaluation
    1. Overview of Heuristic Evaluation
    2. When Should You Use Heuristic Evaluation?
    3. Strengths
    4. Weaknesses
    5. What Resources Do You Need to Conduct a Heuristic Evaluation?
    6. Procedures and Practical Advice on the Heuristic Evaluation Method
    7. Variations and Extensions of the Heuristic Evaluation Method
    8. Major Issues in the Use of the Heuristic Evaluation Method
    9. Data, Analysis, and Reporting
    10. Conclusions
  7. Chapter 2. The Individual Expert Review
    1. Overview of the Individual Expert Review
    2. Strengths
    3. Weaknesses
    4. What Do You Need to Use the Individual Expert Review?
    5. Procedures and Practical Advice on the Individual Expert Review Method
    6. Variations and Extensions to the Individual Expert Review
    7. Major Issues in the Use of the Individual Expert Review
    8. Data, Analysis, and Reporting
    9. Conclusions
  8. Chapter 3. Perspective-Based UI Inspection
    1. Overview of Perspective-Based UI Inspections
    2. When Should You Use a Perspective-Based Inspection?
    3. Strengths
    4. Weaknesses
    5. What Do You Need to Use the Perspective-Based Inspection?
    6. Procedures and Practical Advice on the Perspective-Based Inspection
    7. Variations and Extensions to the Perspective-Based Inspection Method
    8. Major Issues in the Use of the Perspective-Based Inspections Method
    9. Data, Analysis, and Reporting
    10. Conclusions
    11. bibliography
  9. Chapter 4. Cognitive Walkthrough
    1. Overview of the Cognitive Walkthrough
    2. When Should You Use the Cognitive Walkthrough?
    3. Strengths
    4. Weaknesses
    5. What Do You Need to Use the Cognitive Walkthrough Method?
    6. Procedures and Practical Advice on the Cognitive Walkthrough Method
    7. Variations and Extensions to the Cognitive Walkthrough
    8. Major Issues in the Use of the Cognitive Walkthrough
    9. Data, Analysis, and Reporting
    10. Conclusions
  10. Chapter 5. Pluralistic Usability Walkthrough
    1. Overview of the Pluralistic Usability Walkthrough
    2. When Should You Use the Pluralistic Usability Walkthrough?
    3. Strengths
    4. Weaknesses
    5. What Do You Need to Use This Method?
    6. Procedures and Practical Advice on the Pluralistic Usability Walkthrough Method
    7. Variations and Extensions to the Pluralistic Usability Walkthrough Method
    8. Major Issues in the Use of the Pluralistic Usability Walkthrough Method
    9. Data, Analysis, and Reporting
    10. Conclusions
  11. Chapter 6. Formal Usability Inspections
    1. Overview of Formal Usability Inspections
    2. When Should You Use Formal Usability Inspections?
    3. Strengths
    4. Weaknesses
    5. What Do You Need to Use the Formal Usability Inspection?
    6. Procedures and Practical Advice on Formal Usability Inspections
    7. Major Issues with Formal Usability Inspections
    8. Data, Analysis, and Reporting
    9. Conclusions
  12. References