FOSDEM fringe: Usability testing workshop

Hi all,

As part of FOSDEM Fringe, Open Source Design (me included!) will be running a free workshop teaching open source project contributors how to do usability studies.

Date: 31st January
Time: 12:00-17:00
Location: @ Hacker Space Brussels

A free, hands-on session on how to plan, run, capture and analyse usability studies with software users. We have designed this session specifically for free and open source projects, and it is suitable for complete newbies: no experience on design research necessary.

We will cover:

- Planning usability studies: research questions, participant recruitment, protocol, > technical set-up and research script
- Running usability studies: how to moderate and document a usability testing session
- Analysis: how to make sense of a usability study with affinity diagrams

You will create your own research plan using a software project of your choice as a
case study.
We will run a usability testing session in the room that you will need to document as it happens.

Finally, we will use that documentation to analyse the outcome of the usability testing session by building an affinity diagram.

What you need to bring: you must arrive with a chosen software project as your case study and bring a pen.

Most important: No experience in usability or UX is necessary. Just bring your case study, a pen, and an open mind. :wink:

If you’re interested in taking part, you can fill out the sign-up form.

If you’re interested in the Open Source Design community, drop by our discourse and say hello. If you have any questions let me know here, or have a look at this OSD discourse thread.