It’s World Usability Day!

Welcome to World Usability Day (WUD) 2009. This year’s theme is Designing For A Sustainable World. Sounds like a great objective to me!

Why are Websites confusing, phone menus hard to use, stores difficult to navigate, and new products a struggle to configure?  Because usability is an incredibly underappreciated domain. That’s why I really like the concept of WUD. But it will only have an impact if a lot of people start doing something differently because of WUD. As Mahatma Gandhi said…

Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.  

So here is something that you can start doing. For every decision that you make, ask and answer the three questions of Scenario Design that we’ve been using at Forrester for more than a decade (which I also endorsed for National Design Week):

  1. Who are your users?
  2. What are their goals?
  3. How can you help them achieve those goals?

The bottom line: Let’s improve the world!

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I'm an experience (XM) management catalyst; helping organizations improve results by engaging the hearts and minds of their employees, customers, and partners. I enjoy researching and speaking about leading-edge XM topics. I lead the Qualtrics XM Institute, which is the world's best job. We're igniting a global community of XM Professionals who are inspired and empowered to radically improve the human experience. To achieve this goal, my team focuses on thought leadership, training, and community building. My work is driven by a set of fundamental beliefs: 1) Everything starts and ends with human beings, so you need to understand how people think, feel, and behave; 2) XM is a discipline that needs to be woven throughout an organization's entire operating fabric; and 3) Building the XM discipline requires a combination of culture, competency, and technology.

One thought on “It’s World Usability Day!”

  1. It’s great to see that some Customer Experience folks are starting recognize the value of Usability and User Experience design.

    Usability is a field with lots of passionate people in it, all of whom have a daily mission in life to create better experience for consumers.

    We’re not always so good about making the business case for our services though – this is where I hope CEM can help 🙂

    Thanks Bruce,

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