The DCamp experience
On to the sessions: I was able to be at DCamp Friday evening and Saturday from midday, and attended the following sessions (links go to the 'official wiki notes'):
* Open Source and Usability
* Remote Methods
* Agile Design, Development and Usability
Some of the interesting take-aways from the sessions:
- Open Source and Usability
- Remote Methods
- Provided an overview of Ethnio and The Mind Canvas
- Ethnio is cool because you can do "live recruiting" on a website and aside from that extra is seems to have all the benefits of the other remote usability technologies.
- Live recruiting works through intercepting people after they have just performed or tried to perform an action. It's very targetted recruiting.
- The participant only needs to install a small plug-in, and they haven't had any trouble with participants doing that. It uninstalls afterwards.
- The audio and video is merged into a FLASH file for later use (smaller size than avi). The resulting recording is whatever the full screen resolution of your participants screen is.
- Currently runs with IE and Firefox (but is currently not Mac compatible.
- All connections are encrypted under SSL.
- Currently not a lot of opportunity to do collaborative notes - but they're working on that.
- Ethnio records all the click-stream data and notes can be tied to this data.
- Custom tags can be created in the fly.
- The Mind Canvas:
- One intention is to make user research activities more fun!
- Provides tools for prioritization tasks - the task has the user divide up a pile of money instead of traditional prioritization tasks.
- Card sorting tasks have been implemented.
- The Mind Canvas also includes vizulation tools for the data collected.
- Agile Design
For those who went to this event and are interested in carrying the conversation on, there are two ways: (i) reunion dinners that are being organized, and (ii) a mailing list.
See you at the next unconference...
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