Why Mobile Testing is So Hard and How to Make it Easier — Neotys Testing Roundup

The growth of mobile technology over the years has been phenomenal. The hardware of each device has drastically improved, but it’s the software behind the mobile technology that truly taps into the full potential of each device. As mobile technology and applications continue to rise, it’s no wonder developers are faced with new challenges and problems.

The following four articles touch upon the key challenges developers face and how they can overcome mobile testing issues.

1. Four Key Challenges of Mobile Testing

Testing for the mobile market presents each developer with a set of new challenges, explains Mush Honda, a QA Director at KMS Technology. There are four key challenges each mobile tester needs to overcome including:

  1. Fragmentation
  2. Networks
  3. Usability
  4. Tools

A winning testing strategy is going to include an optimal mix of devices for maximum coverage. Naturally, testing will be broken down to cover four main areas – functionality, performance, security, and usability.

Takeaway: In order to succeed at a winning strategy, you need to adapt a pragmatic mindset to test in the real-world and to keep a fluid structure.

2. Why Mobile App Testing is So Hard

Jamie Saine, from Mobile App Testing Blog, explains you really don’t need to be reminded how hard mobile testing is, you all know by now. In this short blog post, Saine takes a look at the BBC’s decision to make their new mobile application only compatible with Android devices running on version 2.2 or newer.

And, in this article you can see why BBC decided to stick with making their app compatible with the newest Android devices.

Takeaway: There are a lot of mobile devices on the market that make it nearly impossible to make an app compatible with all devices.

3. How to Plan Smartly When Developing a Mobile App

Another quick blog post commenting on David Tucker’s nine things to consider when making a mobile app:

  1. Agree on goals for the program
  2. Understand your target users
  3. Identify a minimally viable solution set
  4. Plan for multiple releases
  5. Balance your users and your business
  6. Know what is out there
  7. Bring your IT team into the discussions early
  8. Decide on a technology you can live (and grow) with
  9. Plan to analyze

All of the nine points emphasized by Tucker closely tie into app testing, especially when planning for multiple releases. Through real-world testing, developers can discover and patch any bugs, and release a new version to keep up with customer demand.

Takeaway: Planning for a mobile app takes many steps, with the most important steps being planning for multiple releases and analyzing your results.

4. Five Simple Tips to Keep Testing Simple

Joel Montvelisky, a 15-year veteran in the testing field, gives you his five simple tips to keep testing manageable and effective. He emphasizes a simple approach to testing. Here’s a preview:

  1. Divide and conquer – Break down your very long and complex testing procedures into smaller and more modular test cases. These can gain flexibility and achieve faster and more accurate coverage.
  2. Keep your eye on the “important” ball at all times – You have many things that need to be done using a small number of resources. But, no matter how hard you try, you can’t do everything. Prioritize your list of tasks from the most important to the least important in order to make sure the most important tasks get done first.
  3. Categorize tasks based on importance, complexity and last test start date – This point is directly related to the second, where you don’t necessarily need weighted algorithms, etc., to create your parameters. A simple method Montvelisky uses are three unrelated and individual parameters: importance, complexity, and last test start date.
  4. Learn to say NO – This step is hard for anyone. You need to learn to say no and also when to inform your customers that you cannot do something that you previously said you would do. The reality is, your projects are constantly changing and timely information is the key to making the correct decisions.
  5. Give full visibility into your work – This tip goes hand-in-hand with point number four. Some managers think if they show all their cards, they will lose part of their power, flexibility, and the ability to make their own decisions. This is not true. By being completely transparent with your customers and peers, you will show how professional your work really is while allowing them to give their input.

Takeaway: All five of these tips are extremely valuable. Try at least one.

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