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Resources for Inteviewing Users
Below is a list of resources to that relate to interviewing users. You can search for more books about interviewing using the Barton catalog (https://libraries.mit.edu/barton).
Interviewing Users by
Publication Date: 2013-05-01
Interviewing is a foundational user research tool that people assume they already possess. Everyone can ask questions, right? Unfortunately, that's not the case. Interviewing Users provides invaluable interviewing techniques and tools that enable you to conduct informative interviews with anyone. You'll move from simply gathering data to uncovering powerful insights about people.
The Moderator's Survival Guide by
Publication Date: 2013-09-25
The Moderator's Survival Guide is your indispensable resource for navigating the rocky shoals of your one-on-one user research sessions. Inside, you'll find guidance for nearly 100 diverse situations (ranging from business-as-usual to tricky and sticky) that might occur during usability studies, contextual inquiries, or user interviews. As a moderator, you are responsible for the well-being of the participant, your study, and your organization. You must be prepared for anything that may happen, from your technology failing to the participant quailing. Use this guide to identify your best next steps, react appropriately, and survive any challenges that comes your way. Practical, field-tested, and actionable tips for what to do and say--and what NOT to do or say--in each situation. Key patterns and extensive examples to sharpen your approach to the commonplace and prepare you for the unlikely. Illustrative "survival stories" contributed by numerous professionals on the front lines of user research.
Learning from Strangers by
Publication Date: 1995-11-10
Learning From Strangers is the definitive work on qualitative research interviewing. It draws on Robert Weiss's thirty years of experience in interviewing and teaching others how to do it. The most effective interviews, says Weiss, rely on creating cooperation -- an open and trusting alliance between interviewer and respondent, dedicated to specific and honest accounts of both internal and external events. Against the eclectic background of his work in national sample surveys, studies based on semi-structured interviewing, and participant observation, Weiss walks the reader through the method of qualitative interview studies: sample selection, development of an interview guide, the conduct of the interview, analysis, and preparation of the data. Weiss gives examples of successful and less successful interviews and offers specific techniques and guidelines for the practitioner.