I lead the team in creating the standard procedure for testing. This method allowed the rest of the team to test and interview users with ease and haste. Prior to testing, we sampled potential users and developed the User Archetypes you can see below. Each testing sessions, I went through a sequence of methods and questions regarding the prototypes.
Sami: “ONLY WHAT’S NECESSARY”
- Talked about important events that are relevant to the user. These included interviews, meetings, deadlines, and other important obligations.
- Personal things such as sitting down to do Homework and cleaning the house were left to “eye-ball” and was meant to be very flexible in terms organization.
- The user would search online through facebook and their University's website to find events that they would be interested in.
Brandon: “RESPONDS TO STIMULI”
- The user sets alarms for predetermined obligations, like classes or group meetings, but will occasionally add an alarm for additional events.
- These events are sourced from his emails, which include campus-wide updates, engineering RSO event reminders, and engineering networking opportunities.
- The user finds that they generally attend events that alert them on the day that they occur.
George: “I’LL KEEP IT IN MY HEAD”
- Discussed how they did not utilize a calendar to plan out a schedule for the day. Instead, assignments and meetings are kept “in their head”.
- When looking for events to do in their free time, they would briefly search around on Facebook, talk to friends, or just stay at home. They were very flexible in scheduling their day.
- They would be willing to use the app to look for events they would want to attend or are interested in.
- View and edit the application's generated calendar to reflect plans.
- Votes to coordinate group activities with other users.
- Look up events that fill empty (negative) spaces in the user's calendar.
- Look up events that fill user-defined free-time (positive) blocks in the user's calendar.
- Export capabilities of the calendar generated by the app to their regular calendar service.
- Ability to find out what other users are attending via a third-party service like facebook.