The Ultimate Test
It was a hot, sunny Thursday morning — not a cloud in sight. The smell of sunscreen hung in the air. The music pounded, shaking the ground. Hundreds of parents, friends, and fans filtered onto the sideline, anxiously awaiting the players to take the field.
Understanding User Interactions on Mobile
Understanding how users interact with your product is a key to lean software development. Seeing people trip over your navigation or completely turn around your expected use case may be cringe inducing, but it’s critical to understanding if what you built delivers. We’ll take a look at software we’ve used at Hudl to see exactly how a person uses an app in a non-intrusive manner. It’s not only saved us loads of time but also greatly increased our sample size.
How Our Product Team Works
One part of Hudl I frequently have to explain to people outside the company is the structure of our product team. Fellow developers at other companies, friends I graduated with, and plenty of people in between want to know how Hudl works—and as it turns out, there’s a lot to talk about. We’re constantly evolving and learning more about how to keep our heads on straight, and as we do, we want to get the lessons learned on the table.
What I Learned From My First Beta
We’re working on a brand-new basketball product here at Hudl. It’s an extremely exciting opportunity for our company—we’re creating a whole new way of capturing, consuming, and analyzing basketball video. The 2013-14 basketball season was my first beta at this scale, and I’d be lying if I told you we had a flawless strategy and executed perfectly from every angle. The team and I learned some valuable lessons during the course of this season that I’d like to share with you in this post.
One Responsive Sass Mixin to Rule Them All
We’re systematically redesigning the Hudl web app in a mobile-first, responsive fashion and we’re using one fancy Sass mixin to handle the lion’s share of the work.
Usability - Focusing on Users, Not Processes
Process is important to have but don’t let it get in the way. We have come so far and we have so much more to learn. Talking to your users is the best way to learn about your product.
You Have to Walk Before You Can Test
A usability test can derail very quickly. Sometimes too quickly - you never get to see the feature you want to test in action. The users navigate strange paths or get hung up again and again on screens or tasks you never even considered. It’s going to be OK. You’re learning.
Card Sorting a Better App IA
Fixing Hudl’s bloated, out-dated information architecture (IA) has felt like a chore to me for over a year. The problem is that our app has two pages, “Library” and “Manage,” that have become dumping grounds for every new feature we release. Five years ago when we first built Hudl, these two pages made sense. But, over time, our product has outgrown its original structure.