欢迎回到 商务英语播客 今天的课程 项目管理英语and launching user testing for a software project.
At the heart of every software project is the user. If the user finds the software confusing, or if it doesn’t do what the user needs it to do, what’s the point? 为此原因, user testing is an essential part of the development process.
User testing can involve a range of activities. You might watch how users interact with the software. You might track or monitor how they use it. And you might ask them for their opinions. 通过这种方式, you collect information and feedback that helps you create the best user experience possible. And just as the software itself needs to be user friendly, so does user testing. If people don’t have a clear idea of what they’re supposed to do during testing, you’ll be wasting an opportunity.
So when you launch testing, it’s important to outline what you’re going to be doing, and what kind of feedback you’re interested in. Because the software is new to the test users, you’ll need to give them clear instructions on how to use it and give them an overview of the main features. You might also find yourself emphasizing key points along the way. 毕竟, it’s much easier to make sure everyone understands upfront than to deal with confused users during testing.
在今天的对话中, 我们会听到吉尔, a developer with a software company called OptiTech. They’ve been developing software for a logistics company, and now they are ready to launch the first round of user testing. We’ll also hear Liam, 客户的IT经理, and Carla, one of the test users.
1. What does Jill say will be the final step in this test? 2. What three aspects of the software does this test focus on? 3. What does Jill emphasize is absolutely necessary for the drivers to do?
Welcome back to Business English Pod for today’s lesson on conducting a scrum stand-up用英语开会.
Not everyone likes meetings, and for good reason. Many meetings are poorly organized and poorly run. But meetings are a necessary part of work and business, especially in项目管理. 为此原因, it’s important that we find ways to have good meetings.
If you’ve worked in software development, especially agile environments, you’ll know about one excellent kind of meeting called a scrum or stand-up meeting. Scrum is an approach to software development that uses cross-functional teams. Each day, the team has a short stand-up meeting where people update others on progress, plans, and challenges.
Whether or not you work in software development, leading a scrum style meeting is a useful experience. You’ll have to do many things that apply to all good meetings. 例如, you’ll need to open the meeting and ask for updates. You may also find the chance to suggest collaboration between team members. And the person running the meeting is also responsible for putting aside, or sidebarring, issues that can be discussed after the meeting. These are all techniques that can help you in any kind of meeting, whether you work with scrum or not.
在今天的对话中, 我们会听到吉尔, a project manager and scrum master, leading a daily scrum meeting. We’ll also hear two team members, Katherine and Sam. Sam will be first to provide his updates. 和, as you’ll hear, Jill will help keep the team focused.
1. When she opens the meeting, what does Jill suggest they do to stay focused? 2. When Sam says what he is going to do today, what does Jill suggest? 3. What issue does Jill want to “sidebar,” or leave for after the meeting?