On Monday, December 5, we’re beginning user-testing of our search engine prototype. We’ve had a good number of people interested and will be contacting them today to setup a 15 minute window to come in and give the new engine a try. If you didn’t get an email today and would like to join the testing group, please send us an email.
We’ll start with several testing sessions on Mondays, with future sessions as we make revisions based on the feedback we get.
We’re using software specifically designed for user-testing which will record our testers’ interactions with the search engine prototype. We’ll start testers out with ten search tasks to see how they each use it, but then ask them to conduct any searches they wish. (We hope they will bring some of their “standard” searches.) At the conclusion, we’ll simply ask them for their general feedback.
This is something we’ve wanted to do for ages and we’re thrilled that we’re taking the time to do it with this new release.