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I don't believe you have the correct pricing for usertesting.com.
I wish it was as little as $5... maybe if you have a $20,000 contract with them... I believe its $30 per test for 15 tests. After your 15 tests, you have to pay an additional $5k licensing fee + $30 per test. The more you order at once probably will lower that cost per test, but it will cost you.
I would leave if the startup is a product that you believe in. Startups have issues of their own and who knows if that company will be around in 2 years.
Probably my biggest fear if I ever move from agency to a corporate position... I have been on those projects before and it's mentally draining especially if you are used to a faster pace. I would say, enjoy the time to learn new things. At worse, work on making a new portfolio and chase after a better job.
You had me a Pixel Warlord
Around $35 per test, allows picking different regions around the world. Not the best UI, but gets the job done.
Another note... Usertesting.com pricing is very shady. You are limited to 15 tests at $50 each, then they hit you with a $5,000 "lisencing fee" + $50 per test with a max of tests. The princple of not being transparent with the cost is what pissed me off.
The truth is that engineers can do anything
I cringe at this statement... Usually, its time, money, and priorities that is stopping them. You can have a tech team burn 2 weeks for a feature that might push the needle a tad or out of scope. I rather hire a designer that can work with and communicate clearly with the engineering team.
Don't get me wrong, the engineering team frustrates me to no end at times. However, I try my best to find a middle ground. If you bring them early in the process, the more likely ideas will get build.
A nice write-up. I love using accessible-colors.com. I silently cry everytime I have a client that primary colors are not 508.
I just take a screenshot and past it into sketch or just drag a shit load of them onto my board and arrange them. I wouldn't say anything really annoying. What is your use case?
To alter your screenshots from saving from a file to just copy in your clipboard.
⌘ + Shift + 5 Click on options, select Clipboard under "save to". Take your screenshot then ⌘ + V into sketch.
I gave up on Invision for 2 years. It's not made for large projects. It spot is small low fidelity sites. Its probably why they have been spending all their dev time in their new studio.
My biggest problem is writing the questions especially when you are not present. You don't want to create leading questions nor to board. Good example, we forgot to include a fake username and password. The user sat for 5 min trying to figure out how to log in, all they had to do is click login.
Also, I recommend running practice tests on your own co-workers that are not associated with your project. This helps you fine-tune your questions or highlight potential problems going in that you can adjust. I found out that no one could locate the search box that I stuck in the hamburger menu. Then with my paid tests confirmed the issue.
Also, you probably only need to test 5 people in order to highlight potential issues. The average cost is $30-50 per user. Usertesting.com is amazing until you reach their 15 limits and try to hit you with a $5,000 "License fee" + $49 per test. I hate their new pricing model, it's shady. I moved to TryMyUI because we needed to target certain countries and $35 per person.
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