Make a test plan to make sure you have the best possible conditions when you test. Prepare carefully to make sure you take advantage of the test opportunity. All to make it easy to test and get good and useful feedback.
Here is a template that can help you when you do a test and that keeps you on track. You can print the template (if you prefer to type by hand) or open it and type on your computer.
Work through each of the different areas on the field. This too is better and more fun to do with a team!
Think carefully through the areas and write down notes.
1. What is the purpose of the test?
What do you want to learn after testing the prototype? (If you follow one of the guides, see back to Make a prototype, Step 1)
2. How should you evaluate the test?
How should you evaluate the test results? Think about the test goals. What did you want to learn from the test? What exactly do you need to find out to see if the idea holds or not.
3. How many tests and with whom?
Is it appropriate to test quickly with colleagues in this phase of testing? Or is it better to test with people on the street, in the park or at the library? Or maybe it's even time to test with intended end users.
How many will test the prototype? How few tests can you do to still be able to see a pattern in the feedback you receive? (usually somewhere between 5 and 10 testers) If you book test sessions; can it be good to plan extra testers if someone sets up?
4. When and for how long should you test?
Set a start and end date for the tests. It helps you decide when to send out invitations to the test and when you must have answers from those you ask at the latest.
Sometimes it may be necessary for a test to take place over a longer period of time. If you think your idea needs a slightly longer test period; how long do you think the test needs to last for you to be able to see and evaluate the effects?
5. Where should you test?
It all depends on your idea and the prototype. Are you going to test with people on the street? With colleagues in the office? At the tester's home? Or should you showcase the prototype's features via a video chat?
Regardless, you need to think about how to prepare for the test. What things and tools do you need to be able to test in a good way? How do you make the testers feel comfortable and how do you gather their opinions and thoughts about your idea?
6. What more is needed?
Try to figure out if there is anything else you can prepare or that you or the testers may need? Are there coffee and mugs? Do you have pens and notepads? Maybe a camera that you can record the test with? (Does it have a battery?)
Now you are ready with a test plan!