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Usability testing is exhausting

I’m completely exhausted…today I attended 2 short meetings, went to an IA lunch and ran 12 short usability evaluations.

My days are usually fairly busy, but the inclusion of usability evaluations has made this one more tiring than usual.

And it’s not just that I have to introduce the test, run it and wrap it up in 15 minutes (I can cope with working quickly) – it’s all the emotional work that this entails. When doing very quick testing, I need to analyse the participant’s rhythm and settle into it within the first minute or two. This then helps them get into the task quickly, and I get maximum feedback in minimum time.

Yawn…sleep please!

One Response to “Usability testing is exhausting”

  1. Josh Says:

    Usability testing always leaves me feeling exhausted, especially when I am doing a bunch of
    short tests like that.

    I am glad I am not the only one that happens to!