People employed in the software development industry, have definitely heard the term usability. Releasing software without first running usability tests could result in software that is not easy to use, and therefore fails to attract new users. Usability testing is the best way to quickly identify issues that prevent people from using the product for the intended purpose in an intuitive and easy-to-learn fashion. The mindset of the users and their interaction with the product can be understood by interacting with the user through such testing. This gives developers insight regarding improvements and tweaks that need to be made. It is much easier to make fixes from usability testing at an early stage of development, unlike late stage fixes which require a great deal more effort and exponentially higher expenses.
To start with, here are top 5 usability pitfalls that are undesirable for an application:
- Long Waiting Periods
Anything that may annoy the user has to be avoided. Long loading time over 5-15 seconds with no indication of the ongoing process is likely to make users avoid further use of the application.
- Annoying Popups
Constant popups interrupt users from performing a task and divert their attention. This reduces the efficiency of the application and consumes more time.
- Many Loading Screens
Too many loading screens in an application may lead to poor usability. They keep the user waiting which is not desirable for any task. Similarly, having a loading screen in place for even the tiniest application is unnecessary, and likely to annoy users.
- Poor Form Validation
Form validation is a process which involves is necessary to ensure correct data has been filled in. However, reloading a page with empty fields when provided with improper data is definitely not going to please the user.
- No Consideration of User Desires
Reviews and inputs from users provide grounds for improvement. But when customers want a new feature and that requirement is not considered, it imposes a negative effect in the attitude and mindset of your user base. You must explore the validity of the user desire and determine whether it can improve your software. If it can improve the software, then steps should be taken to incorporate it, if it is feasible.
Usability testing is a powerful tool that provides important insight in the software development line of work. The approach towards usability testing from an early stage of development will provide valuable insights into product improvements that can make your product a smashing success.
At Travancore Analytics, we take pride in developing applications with rich and tailored user experiences. We understand that functionality alone does not win users’ hearts and loyalty. If you’d like any support with developing highly usable software applications – cloud, web, VR/AR (Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality) or mobile, please contact us. Our experts would be happy to help.