Usability Testing Essentials in a New York Minute


You're new to usability testing or you are familiar through informal learning. Perhaps you missed a few crucial distinctions that can improve your facilitation skills and the quality of your tests. Maybe you need to learn essential usability testing skills in a hurry. This is the class for you!


Many people conducting usability testing have read an article, a book or are self-taught. The problem with this do-it-yourself approach is that there is a tendency to miss key distinctions, techniques and issues that make your usability tests run smoother, get cleaner data and follow best practice. Many developers, product managers or business analysts lack the know-how for using this leading standard for testing software usability.

In this class we will answer these key questions and more: What kind of usability test should you do and how should you test?; What format of usability testing is best?; What should you say to the user and what should you never say or do?; How do you recruit users?; what data do you capture?; What do you need to know from those who do this every day?

This seminar addresses over-looked usability testing skills and techniques. It offers over a decade of hands-on tips and tricks for how to conduct testing fast!


  1. Usability Testing process and types of testing
  2. Planning your test: the rough guide, Agile UX testing method
  3. Establishing metrics for user testing
  4. 7 golden rules for moderating usability testing
  5. What never to say to users
  6. Scrubbing your tests for false positives, red flags and junk data
  7. Observation tips and tactics for stakeholder attendance
  8. Professional testing skills, tips and techniques from leading experts
  9. Reporting essentials for high impact usability test results
  10. Q & A

Who should attend: Anyone that is involved in the creation or development of software, you know who you are! We will discuss applicability to web apps, web sites, mobile, VR and physical product testing.


What You Get: 

What You Get:

  1. Unlimited Archive Access
  2. PDF Notes (PPT)
  3. Access to Trainer with any questions

By the end of this UX training you will:

  • Deeply understand usability testing methodology.
  • Avoid issues and pitfalls of conducting usability testing.
  • Pick up tips and practical skills from over 15 years of our usability testing experience.


Frank Spillers, MS (CEO, Founder & CXO)

Frank Spillers is a distinguished speaker, author, and internationally respected Senior UX practitioner and UX Master Trainer. He is a world expert in improving the design and user experience of products, services, and experiences across numerous industries and applications. A recognized leader in the field, Frank has successfully applied 22 years of advanced knowledge of UX and Human-Centered Design methodology in Fortune 500, non-profits, and corporate environments globally.

A recognized subject matter expert by the U.S. Department of Labor, Frank has developed new UX techniques for understanding user needs, assessing user experience, and conducting rapid design prototyping. Recently, he has contributed ground-breaking research on the impact of design and emotion. His current work has been profiled in leading industry publications including The Handbook of Task Analysis for Human-Computer Interaction, MarketingSherpa's Landing Page Handbook, and the book-- The Persona Lifecycle.

Before founding Experience Dynamics in 2001, Frank managed usability consulting for WebCriteria (now IBM Analytics) and worked with students of Dr. Donald Norman (the grandfather of Human-Centered Design) at Intuitive Design, a San Diego-based User-Centered Design consultancy. His current clients include Microsoft, Intel, IBM, Logitech, GE, Hewlett-Packard, KeyBank, Four Seasons, Chase,, and He has trained over 70,000 UX designers globally and continues to teach through his mentoring group:

Frank received his Master's in Cognitive Science (MS) from Birmingham University, UK in the user experience of virtual reality with an emphasis on collaborative virtual environments.

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Who’s Attending our Training?

American Airlines
American Express
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Business Objects
Calvin Klein
Capital Group Companies
Capital One
Drexel University
EMC Corp
GE Healthcare
Geico Insurance
Hartford Insurance
Hilton Hotels
Hitachi Consulting
Home Depot
John Deere
Mentor Graphics
Providence Health System
Research In Motion
State Farm Insurance
State of Michigan
State of New York
Sun Microsystems
Tulalip Tribes
US Bank

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Others Who Attend Say...

“Seeing examples and best practices was great. Compared to other trainings I’ve attended, in this training I learned a lot! This training gave me a different perspective on how to think about UI’s. I really like the fact that the training showed the science behind the study and testing of usability”.
— GE