A day in the life, usability edition

A few weeks ago, Brad told us what a day in his life is like. Inspired by Brad, here’s a day in the life of a user experience researcher. My days are highly variable, depending on whether I’m doing a usability study or not, so I’m not sure if this description is typical of one…

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Speaking of numbers…

One of the features in Excel I’m in charge of testing is “Calculation, Functions, and Formulas”, which (surprise!) is exactly what it sounds like. Being a big math and numbers geek, I was very excited to learn that I would inherit these features when I started. The way that we test these this area is…

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Living complexity

Brad’s Carl Sagan-style post on code size stirs up some familiar questions about complexity management here at MacBU. With every release of Office, we remove, rewrite and add new code. Often we can remove significant amounts of code without losing functionality – say, remove use of a custom HTML renderer when the OS offers a…

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It’s all in the numbers …

A friend of mine and I were shooting the … breeze (freaking ‘G’ ratings for blogs) and he was asking me when the next version of Office was coming out.  Now being the wise Microsoft spin doctor that I am, and having spent numerous hours being brainwashed by marketing, p.r. and some guys in black…

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