I try to run tests early and often, either remote or in person. The part I find takes up the most time is recruiting and scheduling. Curious how others do it, and what tools you use to help manage the process?
usertesting.com, as someone has already mentioned, is pretty awesome. I've also used Twitter before (set up a Twitter account, search for people discussing X topic near you, and tweet them to come in for a user study at your office in exchange for $5 or a Starbucks gift card). A few years ago, when I was working for a startup that didn't have a product-market fit, we were talking to a bunch of different demographics. College students was one of them, so I would just go to Berkeley or Stanford around lunch and go up to students that seemed like they didn't have anywhere to go at that moment, and ask them if I could ask them a few questions for 15 minutes for $5. People were generally friendly and receptive towards doing a user study.
If you have a community team, you can also ask them to set up user studies for you from your existing user base.
A friend recently started testingtime.net. They provide remote and In-House testing (at least here in Switzerland). Already used the service and very happy with the recruiting and results. Definitely worth checking-out.
Looks awesome. Definitely checking it out.
At EyeQuant we've used usertesting.com with great results, you should check it out.
Love usertesting.com but find it hard to get the right persona to participate.
If you don't mind me asking, which persona were you looking for?
Recently developers. A lot of the time even though I ask for developers with knowledge of python and using APIs and it's very obvious they know nothing about it, or very little.
Yeah, I guess that would be a hard persona to fulfill at usertesting.com