Twelve years on since I created and shared the mobile testing mnemonic I SLICED UP FUN, I see that people are still using it and finding it valuable. I still use it myself on projects, so I decided to create an infographic to make it more shareable.
I call this a mnemonic because it is a memory aid to help me with my work. A catchy phrase helps me remember everything I need to think about to be thorough. Sometimes these are called heuristics, or listicles. Whatever you want to call it, the point for me is to create a thinking framework to help me quickly generate lots of useful ideas.
I SLICED UP FUN is a testing framework for mobile apps. However, as a product manager I use it in a generative or creative way as well, not just to help evaluate an existing app design. If you haven’t used something like this before, it’s quite simple. Read each section, and determine which ones apply to your product. If a section doesn’t apply, skip it and move to the next. Once you have a list that is applicable to your work, use each item to generate ideas in a brainstorm. Include others if possible, to come up with more and better ideas. Once you have generated ideas, put them into action, whether it is testing, design, or other work you need to do.