Just Enough Research: Second Edition

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A Book Apart, Oct 21, 2019 - Computers - 198 pages

Good research is about asking more and better questions, and thinking critically about the answers. Done well, it will save your team time and money by reducing unknowns and creating a solid foundation to build the right thing, in the most effective way.

Erika Hall distills her experience into a guidebook of trusted research methods you can implement right away, no matter what size team you're on or budget you're working with. Learn how to discover your competitive advantages, spot your own blind spots and biases, understand and harness your findings, and why you should never, ever hold a focus group. You'll start doing good research faster than you can plan your next pitch.


While the mindset and methods of research haven't changed, our digital climate continues to evolve-from the siren song of Net Promoter Score to the latest social media experiment gone awry. The second edition of Just Enough Research features a brand-new chapter on surveys (chock full of math and centaurs!), as well as updated examples throughout, to continue guiding web professionals on the ethics and effects of research.


  • Frameworks for designing a thorough research process for your product
  • Approaches to gain alignment around shared goals through stakeholder interviews
  • How to conduct and build best practices for effective user interviews
  • How quickly run affordable tests to clarify big questions
  • Essential and methods for gathering and assessing quantitative data

About the author (2019)

Erika Hall has been a design consultant since the late twentieth century. She is the cofounder of Mule Design Studio and specializes in helping clients ask the hard questions and work better together to find the answers. Erika speaks and writes about topics that challenge the conventional wisdom of the field to encourage designers to think more deeply about the implications of their work. Her other book is Just Enough Research. She can be found far too often on Twitter as @mulegirl and cohosts the podcast Voice of Design. Erika likes dogs and bicycles.

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