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How does usability relate to the role of a Business Analyst or a Business Analyst Manager

How does usability relate to the role of a Business Analyst or a Business Analyst Manager

Trent Mankelow from Optimal Usability looks at the two and asks - "Can't we all be friends?"

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Usability For Business Analysts - 24 June 2009 Usability For Business Analysts - 24 June 2009 Presentation Transcript

  • Trent Mankelow Dave O’Brien Introduction to Usability for Business Analysts
  • Tonight’s menu • About us • What is usability? • Examples of bad usability • Usability definition • Usability benefits • Usability and the SDLC • Usability activities • User-testing video • Business analysis versus usability
  • Retail / Consumer Financial Services Not for profitTelecom / IT Media / Publishing Government InsuranceEducation 135 clients, 17 industries
  • Retail / Consumer Financial Services Not for profitTelecom / IT Media / Publishing Government InsuranceEducation 80% of work from 3 industries 80% • Government • Telecommunications • Financial services
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  • “60% of end users find enterprise applications somewhat difficult, very difficult, or almost impossible to use.” - CIO.com, May 2008
  • What is Usability? “Usability is the measure of quality of the user experience when interacting with something.” Jakob Nielsen
  • Applies to all sorts of stuff • Web – Internet sites – Extranet sites – Intranet sites • Paper prototypes • Software • Mobile phones • IVRs – Speech-enabled – Touch-tone • Office environments • Out of the Box Experiences (OOBE) • In-car navigation devices • Kiosks • In-flight entertainment systems • Retail store design
  • ISO definition of usability Easy to use Useful Satisfying from ISO 9241
  • • Increased user productivity • Decreased user errors • Decreased training costs • Reduced development costs • Decreased user support costs Roger Pressman, Software Engineering: A Practitioner’s Approach, McGraw-Hill Usability benefits
  • Usability and the SDLC
  • Usability and the SDLC
  • Usability and the SDLC
  • Usability and the SDLC
  • Usability and the SDLC
  • Usability activities • Field studies • Persona development • Information architecture design • Interaction design • User testing • Heuristic review • Usability analytics • ...
  • Field studies
  • Persona development
  • Information architecture design
  • Interaction design
  • Heuristic review
  • Usability analytics
  • Business analysis vs. usability
  • Business analysis vs. usability • On a typical project: – What are a BA’s main goals? – What are a usability specialist’s main goals?
  • Business analysis vs. usability Typical BA goals (from a UX perspective :) - Meet business goals by: - Researching current processes - Identifying what the new system should do (requirements) - Designing improved processes Typical UX goals • Meet business and user goals by: – Researching users – Identifying how the new system should work (design principles) – Designing a UI with the users in mind – Evaluating/iterating the design until it works well*
  • A better BA/usability result • Beware the ivory tower - Secondhand folklore instead of user research - Opinion-centered design* - Long cycles with little user involvement - Different ≠ better - WE ARE NOT THE USER!
  • A better BA/usability result • Develop use cases and UI in parallel – BA, SME: Do skeleton draft of UC. – BA, UX: Talk through the main points. – UX: Sketch some screen variations. – BA, SME: Start filling in the details. – BA, UX, SME: Iterate/refine UC and UI • UI design often improves the UC itself.
  • A better BA/usability result • Make use cases visual (where possible)
  • A better BA/usability result • Leave the text for the details. • Not all visuals are clear!
  • A better BA/usability result • Make the UI a visual companion to the UC • Signing off a use case without a UI = writing a bad cheque
  • “One way or another, you will be tested.” - Bruce Tognazzini
  • More from Optimal Usability • Monthly newsletter – subscribe at optimalusability.com • Introduction to User Testing training – August • Presenting to your internal teams on usability (FREE!) Trent Mankelow trent@optimalusability.com Dave O’Brien dave@optimalusability.com
  • 20 staff, 4 offices Auckland, NZ Wellington, NZ Sydney, AU Canberra, AU
  • The key: early involvement Business Case Development Post- Rollout Time Cost of ChangesNo. of possible design alternatives
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Roles and responsibilities