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Community Choice EuroSTAR 2016: The Winner

  • 15/09/2016
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  • Posted by Ronan


In July the Community Choice Competition was launched on Huddle. You were asked to nominate a favourite speaker of yours or even nominate yourself. The submission process ended in August.

The Judging Process

Only then did the Judging process start. After a robust judging process that involved anonymous rating of all the submissions, the Judges have come to a final decision.

I want to thank all of the Judges for their help with this process:


Kristoffer Nordstrom, Abir Khan, Steve Watson, Jesper Ottosen,

Claire Banks, Ron Fowler, Marzio Cancellieri, Ard Kramer,

Jasmine Vyas, Peet Michielsen, Iain Bright, Duncan Nisbet, Nick Shaw and Jim Peers.


For more on the announcement see the Huddle post here

The Community Choice

The selected candidate for the Huddle Community Choice is:

Patrick Duisters

His proposal is:


Learning by doing: Usability testing of an innovative medical device



In this presentation I will tell you how and what I learned about usability, and how I used that knowledge to setup and lead usability testing program for a new medical DNA analysis system in a start-up company. I will share details on how and what I’ve done to test the user-friendliness and learnability of the system in a regulatory environment. The presentation will discuss the learning experiences from my team of biologists, researchers, hardware and software engineers and myself, and how this resulted in a user-friendly and easy to use system. This story is a real example of how I used applicable standards, different heuristics, methods and tools. But it also tells about the challenges of deploying a transparent and auditable usability program, involving various intended users, and making them and us enthusiastic about usability testing. The day after: The day-after the participants will realize that when you are engaged and curious, you can find your ‘own way’ in a complex problem. You don’t always have to be the expert if you want to learn.
By studying relevant papers, standards and other heuristics, combined with working ‘together’ with other disciplines you can learn from each other. This then forms the basis to come+R26 to a practical solution. Those solutions don’t always have to be difficult! Furhermore, again finding defects early, has shown to be cheaper than just ignoring them. Usability is often seen as subjective, but can be made more objective by doing usability testing. We can learn from other disciplines: Synergy. In this case with typically non IT colleagues.
Usability testing is FUN.

Take aways:
Discover what I have learned from heuristics, methods and applicable standards as well as from my team.
Hear how to initiate and run usability testing of a (medical) device.
Listen to experiences on learnings in a multi-disciplinary team



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One Response to Community Choice EuroSTAR 2016: The Winner

  1. Avatar Patrick says:

    Thank you for your votes!
    See you in Stockholm.

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