May 19, 2011 · 7:30 PM
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When was the last time you showed others what you are working on? Usability testing is seldom carried out at appropriate times through the lifecycle of a project. Everyone agrees resulting tests add value and identify problems, but nobody finds the time to perform the tests! Usually a test might have three customers identify problems, imagine the feedback you might get by putting your ideas in front of 100 other web developers who have been in similar scenarios to yourself.
This month we combine with another meetup group "Web Developers and Entrepreneurs" - and we will hear six lucky people pitch their development visions, aspirations, and needs to the audience. Anyone can apply, so send us an email!
Two of the entrepreneurs will then have the opportunity to have their prototype usability tested, with feedback given from the audience. Nathan O'Hanlon, CTO at SocialGO.com will take us through the process of monthly usability testing as performed at SocialGO.com, following from the guidelines outlined in "Rocket Surgery Made Easy" by Steve Krug, the author of "Don't make me think".
1. Applications are open now for the chance to pitch. Email [masked] to be considered.
2. The six selected people will have three minutes each to deliver an elevator pitch, explaining their venture and the technical skills they need to drive it forward. There will be additional time for questions. Following the pitches there will be a refreshment break where interested people can find out more from you and exchange business cards.
3. Two of the six websites or prototype wireframes will be shown to a volunteer from the audience who will help Nathan O'Hanlon to share techniques to usability test two websites. The techniques would usually be conducted in a room with a screen share link to developers, but we will open it up to show how it's done.
Drinks can be bought down from the bar upstairs, they were much cheaper up there anyway!