Articles by Susan Hura
With Voice Systems, Hiding Complexity Is a Must
Added functionality shouldn't equal a burden on users
Rules of Design Engagement
Share design thinking for the most effective buy-in.
In Praise of User Research
Consider this solution to reel in elusive answers.
A Foolish Consistency in User Interfaces
When serving customers, a little change can be a good thing.
The Perils of PIN Proliferation
Why is secure identification so difficult?
When Bad IVRs Are Good Enough
Users accustomed to substandard systems can't imagine any better.
VUI Designers Know Cross-Channel Design
Mobile apps raise expectations—and the bar.
Usability Testing Connects the Dots
This valuable tool offers unique insights into caller motivations.
May I Have Your Attention, Please?
When designing an IVR, consider the impact of caller distraction.
Where's My Flight?
Studying use cases and context helps to improve self-service.
Irrationally Held Truths Take a Toll
When organizations make assumptions about customers, rather than collect real data, self-service applications suffer
Unhappily Ever After
A fable about the limits of expertise
Empathy, Dollars, and Sense
It's not enough to simply say you understand the customer.
Avatars Meet the Challenge
A SpeechTEK Europe session showed the appeal of the technology.
What Usability Testing Can't Tell Us
And when's the best time to get it done.
The Modality of Last Resort
Consider the IVR avoiders as well as the supporters.
Are You Happy When People Call?
We should be grateful when customers call us to complain.
IVRs and Traumatic Brain Injury
Situational awareness boosts system and company credibility.
Is Your Goal to Get Rid of Money?
Relying solely on industry standards sets the bar too low.
Are You Working Hard to Suck Less?
Instead, why not design something people are happy to use?
What Counts as VUI?
Learn the business rules before starting to design.
Getting Users to Do What We Want
Designers continually struggle with how to get the responses they need.
Psych! Don't Send Callers to a Web Site
They used their phones for a reason, so don't redirect them elsewhere.
Ethics in VUI Design
Offer advice that you can back up with evidence.
Are We There Yet?
The state of the user experience in the speech community.
A Tale of Two Conferences
Events point to an end of the 'us-versus-them' mentality.
How Good Is Good Enough?
Setting metrics for measuring the success of speech applications goes beyond recognition rates
At the recent SpeechTEK conference, a group of VUI specialists spent a day defining a set of success criteria for speech-enabled user interfaces. We necessarily limited our focus to criteria for which we could define metrics for measuring each quality. However, this leaves out one vital factor for the success of a VUI: the role of expectation. Im referring to the expectations that users have when they interact with a speech-enabled application, the expectations that
Passing the Test
Far too companies experience disappointment and delays in realizing the value of speech because they fail to test properly. Dr. Susan L. Hura explains why the time and effort spent in proper testing is significantly less than the costs of going live with a problematic application.
The Value of Usability Testing for Speech-Enabled Applications
In an increasingly automated world, speech-enabled applications and services are often touted as a way for companies to provide a human touch in customer service without employing live agents. However, to be successful, automated speech applications must evolve quickly to meet the needs of consumers who expect highly effective, efficient solutions that are likable and quickly learned.
Dragon Slays Robot
In his book Only the Paranoid Survive, Intels Andy Grove uses the term strategic inflection point to describe what liberal arts people call a paradigm shift - (basically, a point in time where a business can go one of two ways.) While the choice at the time may appear to be between two very similar paths, choosing the right one leads to great success, while the wrong choice can be catastrophic. For example, the development of the Internet and E-commerce confronts many marketers with a strategic inflection point.