Involve important people (part 1)

It’s far too easy to forget to involve the most important people in your software design: the people who will use it.

Your important users

Your users are at the front-line; you should try to involve them in the design phase, so that their needs are acknowledged and their ideas considered and perhaps incorporated into your design.

Use software prototyping to give them interactive designs they can try out for themselves and see what works for them and what doesn’t. Listen to their suggestions and preferences. Value their opinions.

They will love to be involved, as they have a personal stake in the success of your design. Do it well, it will enrich their working lives; do it poorly and they may never forgive you.

About John Clark

My name is John Clark and I previously ran a software house called Reynard Thomson, from which this blog originally grew. In the meantime, we launched a video-based user testing service (Kupima) which didn't really take off, and I have since moved into a new field specialising on software-based research & development consultancy. I'm active on LinkedIn, and would love to connect to anyone who has an interest in software prototyping or R&D: http://uk.linkedin.com/in/jtclarkuk/
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