Usability Testing Made Me a Better Developer

A few months ago, I took some intro to user experience classes online. I wanted to get more familiar with some different areas and get a better understanding of the entire process. I have always wanted to design more and learn more about other parts of the stack then I have been working on.

I wanted to learn more and wanted to be more involved in that area. I bought Sketch because I figured that I could start playing around with that. I then read the book Sprint, and I wanted to get more involved with testing and the process before coding might start to happen.

Taking a Test

I took a few tests quickly after signing up. Most of the tests were just a static homepage to start. The questions were about different aspects about the homepage.  

The thing that I found most valuable about the whole process was having to say outright what I was thinking and what I was doing as I was consuming the content. This is something that took me some time to get used to. I was so used to just consuming and filtering all of the data in my head. I was struggling at first, but being able to stop and ask myself a few questions, even on my own projects, was a bit of an eye-opening experience for me.