Why you only need to test with five users (explained)

There is and has been a lot of debate about the magical number of five users for usability testing. Jeff explains the discussion from a statistical perspective.

The five user number comes from the number of users you would need to detect approximately 85% of the problems in an interface, given that the probability a user would encounter a problem is about 31%.

However, when you release a new product the proability that a user encounters a certain problem might be closer to 10%. In that case you would need up to 18 users to detect the problem.

The advice is to test with 5 users, solve problems and test again with 5 users.

The full article was published by Jeff Sauro on MeasuringU

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