Practical Guide to Controlled Experiments on the Web: Listen to Your Customers not to the HiPPO

Partial Abstract
The web provides an unprecedented opportunity to evaluate ideas quickly using controlled experiments, also called randomized experiments (single-factor or factorial designs), A/B tests (and their generalizations), split tests, Control/Treatment tests, and parallel flights.

Controlled experiments embody the best scientific design for establishing a causal relationship between changes and their influence on user-observable behavior. We provide a practical guide to conducting online experiments, where end-users can help guide the development of features. Our experience indicates that significant learning and return-on- investment (ROI) are seen when development teams listen to their customers, not to the Highest Paid Person’s Opinion (HiPPO). We provide several examples of controlled experiments with surprising results.

Practical Guide to Controlled Experiments on the Web: Listen to Your Customers not to the HiPPO (PDF, 490 kb)

blog comments powered by Disqus

4 Comments