Agile Usability Testing
Agile User Experience Research

Why Agile UX?

Speedometer - Very FastDevelopment and iteration often moves too quickly for a prolonged research engagement. It’s a fast-paced, agile world. Designers and developers need insights immediately, and we’re ideally suited to provide the best results in that rapid environment.

For many of our clients, the traditional User Experience research path doesn’t move at their speed. Our agile clients are looking for user research that can be executed quickly with minimal lead time, while still producing high quality, actionable insights.

We’ve crafted a focused, streamlined Agile UX methodology to address these needs. Agile clients can count on Usability Sciences to schedule their research, recruit participants, conduct the research, and produce a deliverable, all within a timeframe of one week or less. Coupled with a lower price point than our traditional research solutions, our agile clients have found incredible value in this approach.

What does Agile UX look like?

Every aspect of our research in this format is optimized around efficiency and adhering to the tight timelines inherent in an Agile environment.

  • We collaborate with you to understand research objectives, identify your target audience, and determine what assets will be evaluated (e.g., wireframes, screenshots, prototypes, etc.).
  • Our in-house recruiting team establishes a standard screener for your target audience, allowing extremely quick turnaround on participant recruitment, while maintaining the flexibility for adjustment in subsequent rounds of Agile UX research.
  • The research is conducted in a single day, in our state-of-the-art usability labs, and broadcast live so all of the designers, stakeholders, and developers can observe and interact in real-time with the researchers.
  • At the end of the research day, or the next morning, a conference call is held to review the results of the research and discuss recommendations to fix the issues uncovered.

The Results

CalendarWith Agile testing, you receive all the benefits of traditional UX/Usability testing – insights into trouble spots, feedback on key features and functions, actionable recommendations to deliver the highest value – but in a compressed timeframe that meets the demands of your fast-paced Agile development cycles.

Most of our Agile client’s leverage this testing methodology on a recurring monthly basis, bringing us various pieces of content that they need feedback on before moving forward with. This “bite-size” usability feedback has proven highly effective in keeping our Agile clients on-schedule and within budget, as they continuously iterate their designs to improve the user experience.

Contact us today to find out how user research can fit into your agile development cycle.

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“From beginning to end, everyone I interacted with from Usability Sciences was professional and thorough. I was impressed with the testing technology, the methodology and especially the team that led the project. This is one of the most impactful pieces of research I have ever delivered to my team. Thank you!”

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Digital Media Television Networks

“USC managed tight timelines and a client team that was tough to wrangle, But more importantly, the quality of the work was exemplary. It's work I would hold up as "the way we should do things" and share as a case study across the organization.”

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