This week you will improve your prototype so that you can actually go present it to potential users and get feedback, and go do some heuristic evaluation with users to get feedback on your prototype!
Improving your Prototype
First, based on feedback you have received from peers and from looking at other prototypes, refine your prototype further so that you have something that you can show to potential users and get feedback on.
Why do Heuristic Evaluation with Users?
Heuristic evaluation with users is great for getting feedback on your ideas from actual potential users, and finding flaws before you spend days implementing them and pushing them into production. Hence, it's especially important to continually do informal user studies (heuristic evaluations) on prototypes to find areas for improvement early on, as opposed to finding flaws only after you have already built and launched your platform.
How to do heuristic evaluation with users
Also see the d.school bootleg for more resources on testing prototypes with users.
Where can we find users?
Turker forums are a great place to start, if you want to find potentially interested workers and requesters to chat with! Ask around on Slack if having trouble finding users.
1) Your updated prototype
2) A writeup summarizing the key findings you observed during your heuristic evaluation with users
The writeup should discuss the most salient feedback and observations you made while doing heuristic evaluation with each of your users (You should aim to try out your prototype with at least 2 different people. If the idea you are prototyping impacts both workers and requesters, try to get at least one of each type). Then, summarize the main findings into some concise bullet points, and finally some potential improvements to the idea and prototype that you have observed as a result of these studies.
Submit at http://crowdresearch.meteor.com/ according to which of the 4 foundational ideas you are prototyping:
Remember to comment on each others' submissions on the site, after Thursday 12:05am (pacific time)
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