Usability Testing and UX Audit Services

Usability testing services - ScienceSoft

Even if an application performs the expected functions, it can be unattractive and inconvenient for end users and, consequently, unpopular among them.

With 29 years in software development and testing and 16 years in QA consulting, ScienceSoft offers to test how your software products will be received by the target audience. We also advise on the ways to improve a product’s usability to enhance adoption, make your software product more recognizable and associated with your brand and help bring these improvements to reality.

Services We Provide

Usability testing

Usability testing

With profound knowledge of business, technology and UX trends, and experience in multiple industries, we assess easy and clear is your solution for end users from the following aspects:

Navigation and structure: we assess how easy it is to navigate your application and help to identify complex, unclear, and inconvenient navigation components.

Workflows and scenarios: we test how a solution’s usability influences performing basic and advanced tasks, ensure that a user can complete the scenarios doing operations in your application.

Content accessibility: we assess how convenient the arrangement of GUI elements is, whether text and background colors are suitable, check the compliance with such standards as WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) and Section 508, if applicable.

UX audit

UX audit

The scope of our usability audit includes an information architecture review, detecting interactive pain points, UI defects and performance issues, and preparing recommendations to improve your application.

Our usability audit comprises the following stages:

  1. Investigation of the solution based on app or web analytics to discover the main scenarios of user behavior.
  2. Checking a solution’s structure and navigation: identifying if an application structure and navigation are logical and clear for end users. Potential problems may be indicated, for example, with web statistics. It helps identify a very high rate of search functionality usage, a high rate of users browsing through a long list of categories before reaching the endpoint and more.
  3. Detecting the problems with web usability and design based on the following guidelines and principles:
  • Usability Heuristics for User Interface Design
  • WCAG 2.0
  • Web Usability Guidelines
  • Feature inspection

As a result, we prepare a detailed audit report with detected usability issues and barriers categorizing them depending on the level of severity and giving recommendations to mitigate and overcome them.

UX research

UX research

With the team of experienced UX specialists, business analysts and web designers, we go beyond pure usability testing and audit and offer UX services to get important information which may be unavailable from prior UX design:

  • User research: we gather problems and needs of your potential target audience through expert review, interviews, surveys, eye movement tracking and other methods and build the models of how users will interact with your product.
  • Persona creation: we build the prototypes of potential users with such info as name, bio, background, habits, goals and motivations, and more.
  • Scenario creation: we investigate how a persona can solve their problems with your solution basing our ideas on our experience in UX research and testing.
  • User journey mapping: we illustrate all possible touchpoints a user comes across while using your application.
  • UI prototyping: we create a prototype of your product to illustrate its functionality and logic.

Cooperation Models

Challenges We Solve

No usability design

No usability design

Successful usability testing services are hardly possible without such context info as a persona and a user journey. We involve our competences in UX research to perform persona creation to model real users with real needs, problems and expectations from software and do customer journey mapping to create the visual representation of the product usage.

Different requirements for different domains

Usability requirements vary for different domains

Wide experience in multiple domains (including healthcare, retail, banking, manufacturing, and more) helps us to walk in a customer’s shoes and understand real needs of your target audience and their usage patterns.

Different requirements for different users

Usability requirements vary for different users

Even within one application, the approaches to usability requirements and testing may differ if the application will be used by different groups of users. For example, if it’s a corporate app for employees, we test it’s convenience for various roles across a company reproducing real-life scenarios of solving business problems with the application. Also, we check if UI has the elements that help new users and do not irritate the experienced ones.

No real-life context

Usability testing can be ineffective without reproducing real-life context

We reproduce real-life situations to ensure objective usability testing on a variety of devices in the variety of settings your target audience is likely to use the application. For example, mobile usability testing should consider such specifics as doing tasks on the move with many distractions, lack of access to stable connectivity, various types of data input (touchscreens, voice inputs, and more). As for desktop applications, their usability may be influenced by e.g., illumination in the office or at home, the ability to use a mouse and so on.

Too many identifies issues

With many identified issues, it’s difficult to establish the best order of fixing

Our objective is not only to point at usability problems. We prioritize identified issues defining the degree of their severity to focus on impactful aspects. Also, we establish the most convenient order to fix issues and ensure that the updates to an application’s usability components won’t cause new ones.

Techniques and Methodologies We Use

Expert-based usability testing

  • Heuristic evaluation
    A UX researcher has no information about the operations a real user is likely to perform with a tested application and potential sequence of a user’s actions. The researcher assesses usability aspects of your application by comparing them against a set of usability heuristics.

  • Cognitive walkthrough
    The method is similar to heuristic evaluation, but a UX researcher is given the tasks and scenarios that a user is likely to perform using a tested application.

User-based usability testing

Members of the target audience use a prototype or a ready application to complete scenarios developed by a UX researcher. While performing the scenarios, users are asked to verbalize their thoughts and guesses and explain why they do certain actions in the tested app. A UX researcher processes the testing results and prepares a report.

To get additional user perspective and increase the sample, we also add app usage, web statistics, interviews and surveys to our usability testing and UX research.

Remove Barriers to Successful User Adoption of Your App

ScienceSoft is ready to assist in testing usability of your application and adding to user satisfaction. Don’t hesitate to set up a free consultation with our experts.

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