Track Talk Th19

Mission Impossible: Automatic Usability Testing

Kimberly Snoyl

15:45-16:30 CEST Thursday 15th June

Test professionals usually focus on working functionality and automation rather than a great user experience. The reasons are twofold: UX is not a priority to the business, but also: Testers have not always learned how to test UX in a structured way. From experience and countless examples, we can conclude that working functionality only does not mean that the user understands how to use your application, and they will get frustrated in the process.

To get testers to do more UX testing, I am exploring the idea to create a tool which can automate some of the 10 Usability Heuristics. Of course, not all of them can be automated, so the tool should also support testers to do manual UX testing.

This idea won the EuroSTAR 2022 RisingSTAR Award, and I have been connecting with the supporting mentors over the past year as part of the award prize. In June 2023, I will update you on my progress.