Course Notes - Session 4
First Things First
- Preview of what we'll be doing today
- Project management
- A/B testing
- 10 UX Experts you should follow on Twitter
- Don Norman
- Other people...
- Recap from last class
Jira and project management overview
There was a lot of discussion about how to use Jira to plan sprints and scope of work, etc. I didn't take notes here, since I've been living in Jira for the last three years. Concepts covered:
- Sprint planning
- Backlog - what is it and how is it used?
- User stories and tasks
- Pointing and/or T-shirt Sizing user stories a.k.a. "Poker Planning"
- The amount of effort it takes to complete a project
- It's a way of defining a scope of work by assigning a point value or a size to each story or task
- ReMax team uses the Fibonacci sequence (1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34) to assign point values to stories to really show how a scope can spiral out of control real fast
- Jira ticket types
- They're buckets!
- Longer or bigger initiatives that can be broken down into smaller stories or tasks
- Users haven't identified these needs, these are things that are just "get it done" sorts of things
- Business requests
- Examples: Tech debt, New tech, Cleanup, content updates, update a library or computer
- Breakage in code
- Unexpected result from a UI element
How to host and attend a Creative QA
- This might also be called a "Design Review" in many companies or agencies
- Always based around Data and Users, not Opinion.
- 5-7 people with a target of 6 or fewer
- When there are a lot of people, the chances that one person will take over the convo is greater
- Dominance control or something like that
- Keep these 6 people representative of the project: e.g. stakeholders, dev team, designers, key members of the team but maybe not the management and upper level people they just fuck up the process
- Bring design support, tech support, UCD, data... NOT your opinion
- Make it about the user, data, and the design, not the designer
- This is the time for critical feedback, not bullying, we're here to add value and make the design better
- Walk through the steps below outlined below
- Wrap-up (the?) meeting: Document results! Assign responsibilities! Confirm actions!
- Super critical step to ensure no single person is swamped with work, and that everything gets done
The Creative QA steps/process
- Spatial design: make sure the amount of space each required element is taking up is appropriate for that element's importance
- UI Improvements: use the right UI element for the thing you're trying to do e.g. dropdown vs. radio, etc.
- Redundancy: Is there a lot of the same way to do the same thing or accomplish success? And is that okay? Some redundancy is maybe fine e.g. a close button top and bottom
- Design patterns: Make sure things line up, and elements are in the expected place for that element
- Muri, Mura, Muda
- Are the user needs met?
- Are the business needs met?
- Control and variation
- Using DATA you can do live production A/B testing by region, demographic, or whatever.
- Can also be done 1-on-1 in a more "user testing" scenario (which we'll do today)
- A dark pattern is a misleading or otherwise deceptive UI/UX decision that tries to exploit human psychology to get users to do things they don't really want to do.
- Craft is badass
- Use the simple prototyping function which is just linking to another screen/artboard
- Neat transitions are neat
Homework for next week
- Type out what would go in a good portfolio in a text document
- Or do a user flow...
- ...and a wireframe...
- ...and a hifi prototype...
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