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Testing Taxonomies: Beyond Card Sorting

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April 24, 2015 2:45 PM

Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis, MN

Taxonomies, while critical, are often created in collaboration with businesses and in isolation from users, which leads to misalignment of expectations and a disconnection from their mental models. But testing taxonomy is not difficult, doesn't have to be expensive, and offers clearly identifiable value to projects. In this very practical session you'll learn about when to test, the different kind of tests available, and what works best (and what doesn't) at different stages of different projects.

Session Takeaways Attendees will be introduced to testing methods that go beyond the basic card sorting, such as

  • Delphi-method card sorting
  • Online grouping
  • Click path studies
  • Usability testing

For each of these methods, we’ll talk about

  • What they are
  • Step-by-step instructions on how to execute a study
  • What they’re good for
  • How they differ from traditional card sorting
  • Examples & case study learnings

The talk will be full of screenshots, examples that clarify abstract ideas, and demonstrations of online studies and in-person Delphi-method card sorting

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