2013-14 Term 1 A8. Laboratory Test

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Create a laboratory testing plan and pilot it with at least one person. Then, test your functional prototype with at least three different people, generate user feedback and insights, and use this to inform revisions to your final prototype.


Due: At the beginning of class on week 10

Collaboration: This is a group assignment. You may work with your project team only.

In Class

Selected groups should be prepared to give a short presentation that discusses the following:

  1. Briefly state everything in the Overview section of your team's wiki page.
  2. Briefly state the scope and purpose of your laboratory study.
  3. List your one or two most interesting findings.
  4. Describe one or two of the most important changes you are making as a result of your study.

Presenting teams can refer to their project wiki page on the screen when making their presentation. Teams can also run their prototype through the web browser or use the document camera to show it running on a mobile device. All team members must be present, but teams should choose one person to be their primary speaker.


Each team should create an Assignment 8 wiki page by copying the A8 submission template G1 G2. This page should include the following:

  1. Links to your prototype (the current version of each runnable)
    • Include instructions for installing or initializing your runnables, if necessary.
    • Include screenshots of the major screens of your prototype, pointing out changes since A7.
    • List any scenarios that are missing functionality, and briefly mention what is missing.
  2. Links to your regular deliverables
    • A link to your updated scenarios
    • A link to your updated flow diagram
    • A link to your updated implementation plan
  3. The goals of your laboratory study, including its scope and purpose.
  4. A list of tasks your participants will perform. This must include the starting and ending conditions for each task, but it should not repeat everything in your task instructions.
  5. A list of the types of data you collected (both qualitative or quantitative).
  6. A list of all documents you created for this study. These should be uploaded to the wiki. Be sure to include the following:
    • Informed consent form
    • Study script
    • Task instructions
    • Questionnaires, interview forms, or observation forms (if any)
  7. Compiled test results and discussion of those results. Include photos or a short video that show the location(s) where your study took place and your study participants. Also include a link to your raw results (usually a spreadsheet where you dump all your data).
  8. A list of any changes to your implementation plan as you did in A6 and A7. Then list changes to your prototype that you made during the study or will make as a result of the study. For each change, state when you made it or if you plan to make it, and include a brief explanation of why the change is needed.

Teams must also update the team information G1 G2, and High-fidelity Prototypes G1 G2 sections of their wiki page, as necessary. And don't forget to update your scenarios, flow diagram, and screen shots if they have changed since you submitted A7.

This is the last submission for Iteration 2. Make sure that everything is in order for A5, A6, A7, and A8 by the submission deadline. Do not modify them after the submission deadline, or there will be a penalty which rises from 0% at the deadline to 100% 24 hours after the deadline! As part of this, the link to your prototype needs to keep pointing to the same version for the rest of the semester (even as you make changes for the remaining assignments). You should make a copy of the code and deploy a new version for future assignments.