The Self-Aware Researcher

The Self-Aware Researcher

Whenever I do user experience research – no matter the user, client, product, or method – I learn new ways to improve my research. Each experience helps fuel my deliberate practice of research skills.

As a moderator or an observer, the self-aware researcher benefits from the opportunity to plan, practice, review, and try again. Over time, moderating becomes smoother, plans more thorough, and analysis more targeted.

By researching yourself, you can improve your research skills and pursue the path from novice to master.

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Veronica Erb

March 29, 2014
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  1. 13.

    Example #ias14 #selfaware [My recordings were] a signal to refresh

    and seek some input. Gather Lisa Fast @neoinsight
  2. 19.

    Example #ias14 #selfaware Introspection is great and all, but one

    needs outside criticism to really improve one’s skills. Gather Dan Berlin @banderlin
  3. 21.

    Example #ias14 #selfaware Asking a lot of stupid questions of

    my research partner working on the statistical analysis. Gather Dana Chisnell @danachis
  4. 23.

    Tactic #ias14 #selfaware @verbistheword Seek first to understand, and not

    to be understood. Gather Riff off one of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey
  5. 31.

    Example #ias14 #selfaware I kept asking myself if this was

    the right thing to do… [T]he science of research can blend with the art of research. Experiment Anonymous
  6. 39.

    Example #ias14 #selfaware Basically everything is good enough until I

    need it right then. Customize Lisa Fast @neoinsight
  7. 40.

    Example #ias14 #selfaware I look for patterns in what other

    people do. Customize Matt Dingee @humancompanion