UX Book Club: Rocket Surgery Made Easy

Usability testing involves putting someone in front of a website (or prototype or sketch) and watching them use it while they "think out loud." For the month of October, UX Champaign-Urbana is going to be leading all kinds of community events to get anyone involved in making websites excited about usability testing. In that spirit, we are going to be revisiting an old favorite for our October's meetup.

Steve Krug wrote the book on usability testing, literally. Rocket Surgery Made Easy presents usability testing as something that can be done quickly, cheaply, and above all....easily. You don't need a fancy laboratory or a team of psychologists to figure out how people are interacting with your site. Just an idea and a willing user (or two). Steve thinks usability testing is an approachable activity that anyone who is doing UX should be doing regularly, and we couldn't agree more.

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Steve Krug is a legend in the world of UX. In addition to writing another popular book in the field, he has produced work for Apple, Bloomberg.com, Lexus.com, NPR, and the International Monetary Fund. He currently runs the consulting firm Advanced Common Sense.

As always, you don't have to read the book to attend and participate in the conversation. Everyone is welcome!

If there is a book or article, you've wanting wanting to read and discuss with the group, please suggest post a title and link on our message board.

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  • Mike B.

    Sorry to miss you guys, a friend got sick and I stayed in to take care of her. Hope to see you all soon!

    October 7

  • Audrey F.

    Is this rating the book or the meeting? I was lukewarm on the book compared to Krug's first one, but expect I'll appreciate it more once I'm actually doing user testing.

    October 7

    • Cate K.

      Commentary either way is welcome, but I usually think about this spot as a place to talk about the meeting itself. We were happy to have you last night!

      October 7

  • Ken H.

    AWESOME

    October 7

  • Karen R.

    I got hung up at work, which is too bad--this is a fantastic book. Before I close up shop for the day I want to share a couple of links that might be of interest to members of the UX group.

    Did you know that Wednesday, October 15th is Petascale Day? Heck, I didn't! You can get a tour of Blue Waters:
    http://petascale.ncsa.illinois.edu/

    Here's a brownbag about using google glass as a storytelling tool in teaching:
    http://www.cites.illinois.edu/events/learningtech/brown_bag/index.html

    And if you have kids in high school (or know someone who does) the university is having a competition to recognize young innovators:
    http://innovative100.engineering.illinois.edu/

    Finally, October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Just FYI (this post is being recorded an analyzed by Homeland Security).

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