Poll: Have you studied usability?

Usability is all about making it easy for people to use your site or application, and yet not all developers and designers have studied the topic. Take this poll to let us know if you've studied usability.

Usability is one of my areas of special interest. One of the elephants in the development room is that we often make applications that make perfect sense to the person who put it together or the team that's been hammering out the details of the project, but it completely baffles real-world users.

A good usability effort starts before any code is written and involves putting in effort throughout the entire development process to ensure that the application is as good as possible. Unfortunately, usability isn't usually taught in schools, and courses are fairly expensive. However, there are a number of good online resources for learning more about usability, such as Jakob Nielsen's website. Have you had the opportunity to learn about usability?



Justin James is the Lead Architect for Conigent.


Usability should factor into every aspect of design, roll-out, implementation, training, troubleshooting, and maintenance. If it does not, it can lead to a situation where the solution is worse than the alternative, and obviously more costly. When it comes to evaluating the merit of a project, the average customer doesn't look at how elegant the code is or even how fault tolerant the network infrastructure is. The key factors they look at is usability and cost. To sell a solution, we need to be able to present and deliver based upon those metrics, using the technology we all love to back these up, not the other way around.

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