Just reading through "Report from formal Drupal usability testing at the University of Minnesota Libraries" and pulled this quote on current needs - -
"We want to see this happening more. The first goal is to measure the user experience, and not guess about it. One of the ways we can measure it is with usability testing, but we need labs and people to observe, facilitators to run the lab, and then interviewers to debrief the evaluators, and then resources to get everyone to the lab." (I think from Bevan Rudge)
I'm a student in the University of Baltimore's Interaction Design and Information Architecture masters program, and about to embark on my first Usability Testing project using the eye tracking equipment we have on campus. I recently met Kent Bye, who introduced me to Drupal and the usability testing at UMN. I would like to make Drupal the subject of my team's work.
We only have a month to pull off the initial project. Once our semester ends, it's a possibility to take the testing further with more users, but at this time we're limited to a small sample (4 - 5 users per group, probably two groups).
No one on my team has any Drupal experience! At least not yet.
So my first question to this community - - do you think it's best to work with a similar persona and set of scenarios as the UMN study, or would a focus on a different type of user be more helpful at this time? (the "content contributer" persona/scenario seems a bit simpler recruiting-wise, however we do not have access to a Drupal site to use)
Any input would be most appreciated, especially from anyone involved in the UMN study. thanks!