See also: Guerilla User Testing, Remote User Testing
Relevant metrics: Jobs to be done ranking, Ranking needs, wants, desires, pains, Observations & stories
Validates: Feasibility, Desirability
How: Step in the shoes of your users by experiencing similar scenarios. Wear, tear, and use physical prototypes as you would the final product or use your digital prototype for the same tasks and with the same data reliving real user scenarios and contextual activities around the product as actual users would.
Why: Trying out your own product or prototype in real-life scenarios and with real data can reveal critical assumptions, prerequisites, and design flaws and help you understand social and emotional implications of your design. It prompts appreciation of the experience actual users might have.
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Before the experiment
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After the experiment
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