Usability: Heuristic Evaluation

Usability: Heuristic Evaluation

  
A heuristic is a guideline or general principle or rule of thumb that can guide a design decision or be used to critique a decision that has already been made. Heuristic evaluation, developed by Jakob Nielsen and Rolf Molich, is a method for structuring the critique of a system using a set of relatively simple and general heuristics.
The purpose of the evaluation is to uncover usability problems and heuristics are supposed to guide you in finding the problems. The general idea behind heuristic evaluation is that several evaluators independently critique a system to come up with potential usability problems.
To aid the evaluators in discovering usability problems, there is a list of ten heuristics which can be used to generate ideas while critiquing the system (See document in attachment).
We encourage you to use it in your applications development and get more usable applications.