Plugging the Holes: Increasing the Impact of User Experience Evaluations
The principal objective of this paper is to demonstrate the APRICOT methodology that aims to streamline and increase the effectiveness of user experience initiatives within a development project and in the final solution. User Experience (UE) evaluations, both heuristic based and usability testing based are important skills and a crucial part of a practitioner’s tool kit. They showcase the inadequacies in an application or system. Close inspection of projects which have used User Experience evaluations reveal that only a small percentage of User Experience recommendations actually make it into the final product. This substantially reduces the ROI for User Experience contribution. The APRICOT concept is work in progress and aims to make User Experience evaluation more effective by better integrating UE practitioners and aligning the processes and methodology with one used by development teams.
KeywordsROI of Usability User Experience Reviews Institutionalizing Usability
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