Research to evaluate the usability and learnability of your competitors’ products

  • This complements traditional marketing strategies and business audits by considering the social, economic, and technical context.
  • It allows design teams to assess a competitor’s products from the end user’s point of view.
  • Teams inspect how usable and learnable competitors’ digital applications are by conducting usability tests on competitive products, as well as on their own.
  • In contrast to attitudinal surveys, competitive testing focuses on end-user behavior as people attempt to accomplish tasks that exist across products.
  • By understanding key similarities and differences between competitors, gaps can be identified for further market differentiation or specialization.
  • Results from competitive tests should be ongoing, tracked, and compared over time.

More Readings,

Capturing the day-to-day context in which people engage with your product or service This captures what customers do, think, and use as they set out to achieve a goal that involves your product or service. It provides a framework that desig...

Contextual design (CD) is a user-centered design process developed by Hugh Beyer and Karen Holtzblatt. It incorporates ethnographic methods for gathering data relevant to the product via field studies, rationalizing workflows, and designing human-co...

Scenarios describe the stories and context behind why a specific user or user group comes to your site.  They note the goals and questions to be achieved and sometimes define the possibilities of how the user(s) can achieve them on the site. A ...

Wizard of Oz prototyping. Wizard of Oz prototyping (WOZ prototyping) is a design methodology used in rapid product development to improve the user experience (UX). WOZ prototyping requires developers to create a rudimentary model of the completed pro...

The Aesthetic-Usability Effect is a condition whereby users perceive more aesthetically pleasing designs to be easier to use than less aesthetically pleasing designs. The effect has been observed in several experiments and has significant implication...

Through the Brief Book, Joseph McCormack tells us about the Elusive 600 and how to use it in the aim to present great ideas in little words. We have the mental capacity to comprehend 750 words a minute but most people speak at 150 words a minute. ...