A good start is half the battle. Before you perform a usability test it’s important that you and your team are aligned. Thats why we always schedule a kick-off meeting. During the kickoff, we discuss the goal, take a look at the test material and determine who is the right target group. We also make agreements about the planning and deadlines.
Our kickoff guideline ensures that the right people are seated at the table and that everyone is well prepared for the kickoff. It contains a lot of questions about purpose, prior knowledge and the collection of relevant data. The guideline also contains a time schedule and the next steps to take are described. We conclude with some prototype best practices.
To help you get the most out of your research, we make the guideline we use for our own tests available. This way it’s even easier to prepare your next usability test and get the most out of the kickoff.