Re: Completely intuitive software

Subject: Re: Completely intuitive software
From: Suzette Seveny <sseveny -at- PETVALU -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 7 Jun 1999 16:31:56 -0400

I am responsible for user tests (all levels) as well as creating the
documentation. I don't think it will ever be possible to "wean" the user off
documentation, HOWEVER... It is important to listen to the user. If, during a
user test, a request to change the UI arises, it probably should be done.
Especially if it mentioned in all levels of user testing.

I am especially fortunate, because I get to make first call on the problems
arising from the user tests. I determine if the problem fits into one of the
following categories:

Program Problem (bug)
Program Design Issue
User Interface Issue
Enhancement Request
Documentation Issue

Believe it or not, I quite often assign things to Documentation Issue. But UI
is a separate issue.

My $0.02.

Suzette Seveny
Markham, Ontario, Canada
sseveny -at- petvalu -dot- com or suzette -at- yesic -dot- com
Any opinions expressed are MY opinions.
Feel free to have your own.
Let's agree to disagree
But Please - Don't Flame Me.

Laugh and the world laughs with you;
Snore and you sleep alone.

On Monday, June 07, 1999 4:24 PM, Peterson Karen [SMTP:Peterson_Karen -at- PRC -dot- COM]
> I am helping to design bug tracking software for our office. As a result of
> usability testing, I recommended that a certain function be changed, because
> the users consistently did not understand it. The overwhelming response from
> the developers was that it's impossible to create software that's completely
> intuitive; the user must read the manual.
> It was my impression that the current tech-writer-favored trends were to
> make the software functionality and the UI as intuitive as possible, weaning
> the user off documentation. Was I wrong?
> I'm not debating whether or not we should have manuals or anything like
> that. I was just trying to get the project lead to make changes to the
> interface rather than always saying, "Just explain it in the manual" or
> "Once they do it wrong, they'll learn not to do it that way again."

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