Rocket Surgery Made Easy : The Do-it-yourself Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems Paperback
by Steve Krug
It's been known for years that usability testing can dramatically improve products.
But with a typical price tag of $5,000 to $10,000 for a usability consultant to conduct each round of tests, it rarely happens.
In this how-to companion to Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, Steve Krug spells out a streamlined approach to usability testing that anyone can easily apply to their own Web site, application, or other product. (As he said in Don't Make Me Think, "It's not rocket surgery".) Using practical advice, plenty of illustrations, and his trademark humor, Steve explains how to: * Test any design, from a sketch on a napkin to a fully-functioning Web site or application* Keep your focus on finding the most important problems (because no one has the time or resources to fix them all)* Fix the problems that you find, using his "The least you can do" approachBy paring the process of testing and fixing products down to its essentials ("A morning a month, that's all we ask"), Rocket Surgery makes it realistic for teams to test early and often, catching problems while it's still easy to fix them. Rocket Surgery Made Easy adds demonstration videos to the proven mix of clear writing, before-and-after examples, witty illustrations, and practical advice that made Don't Make Me Think so popular.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 168 pages, black & white illustrations, colour illustrations
- Publisher: Pearson Education (US)
- Publication Date: 08/12/2009
- Category: Web programming
- ISBN: 9780321657299
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Review by Neale
A great little book. Easy to read and understand. Uses humour and examples to get the points across.
Review by lincics
A highly usable book written by a knowledgeable and entertaining author. Offers concrete and practical suggestions for approaching integration of regular usability testing into the website development process. This, of course, assumes that your organization already has a systematic process for developing its website; perhaps a safe assumption in the corporate environments in which Krug typically works. Still, the book offers useful insights and is a quick and easy read. It fulfills its purpose of serving as a complement to Don't Make Me Think very nicely.
Review by miyurose
In a past life (or, about 3 jobs ago) I read Don’t Make Me Think, and I loved its casual and humorous style. So when I needed to read up on usability testing, I knew Steve Krug wouldn’t let me down. Rocket Surgery has that same easy-going tone, and he breaks down usability testing into easy steps. Also very helpful are the demo and sample scripts available on the companion web site. Before I started, I was daunted by the thought of usability testing, and was fairly sure I would screw it up (or at least, the results wouldn’t be useful at all). Now, I feel a lot more comfortable about conducting my own initial tests in a couple of weeks. I won’t be following Krug’s path exactly, but he’s given me some good landmarks.
Review by dtn620
A great introductory guide to user testing. The casual style and jokiness makes it a light read while still giving you everything you need to know to begin user testing.