The Moderator's Survival Guide
Handling Common, Tricky, and Sticky Situations in User Research
- Donna Tedesco, Senior Usability Specialist
- Fiona Tranquada, Senior Usability Consultant
As a moderator, you are responsible for the well-being of the participant, your study, and your organization. You must be prepared for anything that may happen, from your technology failing to the participant quailing. Use this guide to identify your best next steps, react appropriately, and survive any challenges that comes your way.
AudienceUX professionals (UX designers, usability engineers, usability architects, usability researchers, UX managers)
- Published: November 2013
- Imprint: MORGAN KAUFMANN
- ISBN: 978-0-12-404700-6
Table of Contents
Part 1: Your Moderation Toolkit
Chapter 1. Moderation Matters: Power, Responsibility, and Style
Chapter 2. In the Trenches: Six Steps for Handling Situations
Chapter 3. Mix and Match: Your Moderation Patterns ToolboxPart 2: Your Survival Guide Chapter 4. Recruiting Mishaps: Participants You Weren't ExpectingChapter 5. Participant Misconceptions: Not What the Participant was Expecting. Chapter 6. Some Guidance Required: Participants in Need of Shepherding. Chapter 7. Make it Work: Handling Technical Obstacles
Chapter 8. Is This Right? Responding to Uncertain Participants.Chapter 9. What's Going On? Recovering from External Interruptions.
Chapter 10. Get on Track: Overcoming Momentum Blockers.Chapter 11. Take the Wheel: Guiding Wayward Participants.
Chapter 12. A Delicate Touch: Addressing Sensitive SituationsChapter 13. Uncomfortable Interactions: Responding to Awkward Situations
Chapter 14. Safety First: Minimizing Emotional and Physical DistressPart 3: Improving Your SkillsChapter 15. An Ounce of Prevention: Avoiding and Mitigating SituationsChapter 16. Sharpening Steel: How to Improve Your Skills and Help Others Improve TheirsAppendix A. What to SayAppendix B. Preparing for a Successful SessionAppendix C. Resources