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Hallway feedback

November 29, 2006 by Artem

Agile software development processes by any definition encourage the in- and-out team communication via various practices from pair-programming to informative workspace to retrospectives. With the respect to all the usual practices there is one more often underestimated way of getting the in-team feedback - the hallway testing. The term Hallway Usability Test coined by Joel Spolsky stands for "grabbing the next person that passes by in the hallway and forcing them to try to use the code you just wrote. If you do this to five people, you will learn 95% of what there is to learn about usability problems in your code."

While it is a perfect way to do quick usability testing (especially if the team works in individual offices or cubicles, rather than in a war room), it can be used for fast getting a peer for the micro-brainstorming, peer review or just chatting about the architecture. And if you develop software for the mobile devices, sometimes there is no need even to invite the peer to your place.

This practice looks simple, is simple, but also is effective. Though to make it working, you might need to encourage people to come to the hallway more often. For example, by placing there couple of sofas and a coffee machine.

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Usability test

November 30, 2006 by Jens (not verified), 7 years 46 weeks ago
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There's also the mum-test. If your mum can understand it and use it, it's really usable. :) (sorry mum)

Nice example

November 30, 2006 by Artem, 7 years 46 weeks ago
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Nice example, Jens :)

My main point was in that when collaboration encouragement really comes into culture, there is often little for special practices. People just meet and talk often. Cowboy coding can be a good method is cowboys are good and share the same vision.

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The icons for my programs are split up the left side appears on the right and vice versa as seen in the picture. Does anyone know how to fix this?
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sorry bout that please tell me if it worked or not.
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yeah it works now.. and congrats on having one of the weirdest problems ive ever seen
have you installed any "custom icon" software recently that may have screwed all your icons up? you know how to change an icon for a shortcut, right? well if not, ill explain it, but if you do, try to change it to the icon its supposed to be and see if that fixes it..
p.s. lmao
edit: also scan for viruses. this might just be some funny harmless virus or trojan that can be removed.
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Wow, I've never seen that before. I hope someone who has any idea what went wrong can help you!
What was the last thing you did before that happened?
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actually its my friends comp but i think he just turned it on and it was like that.
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lmao change to small icons (taskbar properties -start menue) and/ or change the menue size in the display properties - appearance - advanced
youll be all set
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changing it so small icons fixes the start menu but when changed back to regular it goes back to how it was before and it also doesnt fix the desktop icons. my friend said that it happened when he shutdown the comp via windows and about 2 seconds after selecting shutdown he pressed reset via case button so the computer shutdown and then restared. During the bootup it did a recovery thing for lost files and to check for corrupted files. After that windows booted up with the weird icons.
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If there is no vital data on the PC, reload it. That's the easy fix.
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lol severe corruption with your software, that's why it is never really seen because this is so random, the same thing that happened to your icons is the same thing that happens to screwed up programs when you shut down without exiting etc.
Use norton system works if you have it, then run a disk defrag in case the protocol is in two different areas of your disk. If those two don't work, then you simply have to set all the icons again yourself, sorry to say it.
It's just a simple software malfunction, if you set the icons on larger or smaller that might work, but your icons haven't been changed at all, just the app that displays them
And yes indeed, you should be proud of your friend!! he is the second person i have ever seen with this problem and probably the last
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Google for "TuneUp Utilities" and get a trial, and use Winstyler on there to Reload Icons and Repair the Icon cache maybe that will fix it.
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Pah, the icons aren;t broken, they're misaligned, that suggests an corrupt registry entry. There loads of "registry fixer" programs out there. try that if you're all out of ideas.
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Pah, the icons aren;t broken, they're misaligned, that suggests an corrupt registry entry. There loads of "registry fixer" programs out there. try that if you're all out of ideas.
i would have to agree
or better back up your data and do a fresh install
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lol my friend fixed it after he played starcraft.
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....wow, how?
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dunno jus happened....
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Wow... That's gotta be the wierest problem/problem fix combo I've ever heard of!
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