Some good things to keep in mind when going out and testing your prototype. Follow these steps so that your test is as good as possible and you get results that you can trust.

1. Before you test

It is always good to have a plan before you start testing. It gives you and the team a common understanding of the purpose of the test and what your expectations are.

Use this method and a template to create a test plan.

Make a test plan

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2. Work in pairs

When a prototype is to be tested, it is good to have at least two team members doing it:

  • A test leader, who presents the prototype and helps the person testing with instructions and questions.
  • One or two test recorders who write down what the tester says and what it does with the prototype.

Decide who in the team will have which role, and see the following methods for further instructions.


3. To be a test leader

When you lead a test, your main role is to guide the tester and give instructions. You simply explain what is being tested and why.

Follow this method to prepare for the test.

Hold a test

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4. To be a test taker

When you are a test recorder, your role is to capture what the tester says and does. You actively listen and watch how the tester behaves (including body language) and interact with the prototype.

Follow this method to prepare for the test.

Capture what a tester says and does

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After you and your team have tested the prototype with testers, do a round of high-fives with the team! Then go to the next step: 11. Evaluate the test