Together with a senior student from the Grodno State University, Kirill Melnichenko, Eugen started the usability day with a lecture. Eugen and Kirill talked to the group about the basics of Usability, addressed the importance of studying this topic and introduced tools which can help solving these problems before they concentrated on finding a solution to their first practical real-world problem together. The students were asked to split themselves into groups and design a user-friendly layout of a web-based system.
"It was very interesting to work on the creation of the layout. Thrilling and creative. We split into teams and worked as if it were for our own small businesses. We definitely want more,"- commented the students from GrSU.
An important part of the task consisted in selling the customer ideas for the implementation of Usability. Kirill took the role of a strict customer. During the process of persuading the customer the team speakers noticed typical mistakes. Together they were able to find solutions to make our lives easier, in other words to improve the Usability.
"We were very pleased with the first conducted lecture. The students clearly took interest in the subject and showed their desire to acquire deeper knowledge on this topic in order to solve Usability problems in the future, "- noted Eugen.
The second day was dedicated to practical aspects of Usability. Deepening started with a small introduction to the basics of Usability testing.
Divided into two groups, the students proceeded to engage themselves with the interface of a real system which was designed for a large German company. The testing of the interface was conducted on the basis of previously prepared scenarios of the system’s usage. A fresh perspective and a creative approach helped revealing inconvenient places. Often these places turned out to be very unexpected as not even the developers have paid attention to them. Reviews and records to each scenario were collected and put together into a general statistical picture of the system’s Usability
"Excellent training. UX - it's cool! "- say students while sharing their experience. “It was very interesting to observe the behaviour of my colleagues while they were dealing with the tasks. Some found it easy and convenient, some others encountered difficulties. We have received many excellent records and suggestions on how to improve the software system being tested,"- concludes Kirill after the lectures.
The world is still full of inconvenient objects, from chairs to poorly designed playgrounds, from inconvenient new websites to incomprehensible timetables for the public transport. Future UX-specialists can choose from a variety of spheres where they can apply their skills to make life more convenient. "The last decade in the world of software development stands out with the popularity of systems users enjoy working with," - says Eugen Shashkou who is in charge of the business development of the company “IntexSoft” in Grodno. - "The amount of information we receive every day is constantly growing while we are left with less and less time for complicated and inconvenient solutions. Only simple, comfortable and elegant solutions survive nowadays."