Interview Techniques for UX Practitioners

Interview Techniques for UX Practitioners

A User-Centered Design Method

1st Edition - November 23, 2013

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  • Author: Chauncey Wilson
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780124103931
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124104501

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Description

Much of the work of user-centered design practitioners involves some type of interviewing. While interviewing is an important skill, many colleagues have little or no formal training in interviewing methods and often learn on the job with limited feedback on the quality of their interviews. This book teaches readers about the three basic interview methods: structured interviews, semi-structured interviews, and unstructured interviews. The author discusses the various strengths, weaknesses, issues with each type of interview, and includes best practices and procedures for conducing effective and efficient interviews. The book dives into the detailed information about interviews that haven’t been discussed before – readers learn how and when to ask the "how" and "why" questions to get a deeper understanding of problems, concepts, and processes, as well as discussions on laddering and critical incident techniques. Because so much of what UX practitioners do involves good interviewing skills, this is your one-stop resource with the definitions, processes, procedures and best practices on the basic approaches.

Readership

interaction designers, usability professionals, user experience professionals, usability engineers, as well as human factors engineers and information architects

Table of Contents

  • Interviews

    Chapter 1. Structured Interviews

    Overview of Structured Interviews

    When Should You Use Structured Interviews?

    Strengths

    Weaknesses

    What Do You Need to Use Structured Interviews?

    Procedures and Practical Advice on Structured Interviews

    Variations and Extensions to Structured Interviews

    Major Issues with Structured Interviews

    Conclusions

    Chapter 2. Semi-Structured Interviews

    Overview of Semi-Structured Interviews

    When Should You Use Semi-Structured Interviews?

    Strengths

    Weaknesses

    What Do You Need to Use Semi-Structured Interviews?

    Procedures and Practical Advice on Semi-Structured Interviews

    Variations and Extensions to the Semi-Structured Interview Method

    Major Issues with Semi-Structured Interviews

    Conclusions

    Chapter 3. Unstructured Interviews

    Overview of Unstructured Interviews

    When Should You Use Unstructured Interviews?

    Strengths

    Weaknesses

    What Do You Need to Use Unstructured Interviews?

    Procedures and Practical Advice on the Unstructured Interview Method

    Variations and Extensions to Unstructured Interviews

    Major Issues in the Use of the Unstructured Interview Method

    Conclusions

    Chapter 4. Phone Interviews

    Overview of the Phone Interview Method

    When Should You Use Phone Interviews?

    Strengths

    Weaknesses

    What Do You Need to Use This Method?

    Procedures and Practical Advice on Phone Interviews

    Variations and Extensions to the Phone Interview Method

    Major Issues in the Use of the Phone Interview Method

    Conclusions

    Chapter 5. Focus Groups

    Overview of Focus Groups

    When Should You Use Focus Groups?

    Strengths

    Weaknesses

    What Do You Need to Use Focus Groups?

    Procedures and Practical Advice on Focus Groups

    Variations and Extensions to Focus Groups

    Major Issues in Focus Groups

    Conclusions

    Chapter 6. General Interviewing Issues

    Sampling Methods

    The Use of Incentives

    Bibliography

Product details

  • No. of pages: 100
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Morgan Kaufmann 2013
  • Published: November 23, 2013
  • Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780124103931
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124104501

About the Author

Chauncey Wilson

Chauncey Wilson
Chauncey Wilson is a UX Architect with 40 years of experience in human factors, usability, and user experience design. He has published and presented widely at UXPA, STC, CHI, APA, and HFES conferences. The author has published several books and chapters on usability engineering, brainstorming, surveys, victimization, and inspection methods. He has worked in small and large firms, started teams, consulted for a large firm, and consulted as a lone consultant. He enjoys the role of mentor and always tries to highlight the pros and cons of methods, principles, and processes. He is a member of the Skeptic’s society and enjoys the role of “Chief Skeptic.” Chauncey does not believe in magic numbers, miracle methods, or methodolotry.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior User Researcher, Autodesk

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