Putting the User First: User Testing in Web and App Development

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Guernsey: Wednesday 22nd April 7:30pm, Les Cotils Hotel

Jersey: Thursday 23rd April 8:00pm, Pomme D’Or Hotel

In spite of the best development processes, users seem to find websites and apps difficult to use. In testing systems with users, we always seem to find the strangest things which users find difficult. In this talk I will discuss some easy and interesting ways in which developers can engage with users to avoid irritating them later, and in so doing create overall best user experiences.

Computers are now universally adopted for both work and leisure. This makes for some very difficult design challenges, both in understanding how people now use computers and in creating solutions which will work for the wide variety of situations of use. As an exemplar situation Helen Petrie, a Professor of Human-Computer Interaction in the Department of Computer Science at the University of York, will describe the computer-based set-up adopted by a group of archaeologists who are excavating at Elizabeth Castle. They use tablet and laptop computers for a range of tasks on the dig in a range of challenging conditions. She will discuss some of the interesting problems that the archaeologists faced with their computers at Elizabeth Castle and how we are trying to design systems that meet their needs more effectively.

For Jersey Lectures – the talk will start at 8:00pm (which is free to attend) but is proceeded by an optional dinner, starting at 6:30pm. If you wish to attend the dinner at a cost of £22.50pp bookings can be made via Eventbrite. If you have any dietary requirements, please email chairman.jsy@cigpe.com.

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