Userfocus Usability Newsletter, March 2009

Welcome to the March edition of the Userfocus usability newsletter.

Message from the Editor

With the recession beginning to bite and jobs under pressure, it's time to make sure that your boss knows you're adding value at work. If you're in the user experience field, you already collect the data you need to talk up your contribution, although you may not know it. This month's article show how you can justify design changes and demonstrate your own value by calculating the financial benefits of the work you do.

Feature Article: Two measures that will justify any design change

Two measures commonly taken in a usability test — success rate and time on task — are the critical numbers you need to prove the benefits of almost any potential design change. These values can be re-expressed in the language that managers understand: the expected financial benefit. Read the article in full: Two measures that will justify any design change

Usability Training: Now Booking

GUI usability training, April 1-2 2009, London

For developers designing desktop software who want to make their interfaces simple to use, “GUI Usability” is a 2-day immersion seminar that gives delegates hands-on experience with several usability tools and techniques. Unlike shorter introductory courses, this in-depth seminar covers the complete design and development lifecycle. More information about this training course: GUI Usability training.

Web usability training, May 19-20 2009, London

For web designers who want hands-on experience with usability tools and techniques, “Web Usability” is a 2-day immersion seminar that shows delegates how to boost sales and conversion rates, increase usage and improve customer satisfaction. Unlike shorter introductory courses, this in-depth workshop covers the entire design and development lifecycle. More information about this training course: Web usability training.

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