Playground swings and user testing

Girl on a swing
Photo courtesy of Joe Pomereneg

Together with my daughters, I’ve been to a decent share of playgrounds to know which swings have defects. The most common problem is not the worn-out buckets, but the unequal number of links in the chain hands.

The full benefit of a certain product arises when someone actually is using it in the intended way and to the intended extent. Though the idea with the swings is great, the execution is poor. So we just leave, because it’s impossible to enjoy swinging.

Test your product on real users before you ship it. Otherwise the end result will never yield profit.

This post is part of the #blogg100 challenge—100 blog posts à 100 words in 100 days.

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