Best Practices for Mobile Application Deployment – Software Testing News


2. Create a test plan and prioritize the tests

It is both surprising and disturbing that this step is sometimes completely overlooked. The test plan is not a boring task just to write down what you already know. Instead, a good test plan defines a real strategy for how testing should be performed. Typically, the hardest part of creating a test plan is the mental gymnastics that goes into the testing strategy, rather than physically writing the plan. A best practice test plan should incorporate the objectives and scope of the tests, the required test resources (including people, software tools, and hardware), and a test schedule. In addition, the plan should prioritize and categorize the test cases that need to be developed.

Not all tests have the same importance as all other tests.

3. Determine what can be automated

As noted above, test automation can be an important part of delivering quality software. Determining what can be automated should be an integral part of creating the test plan, especially for mobile app development. In this case, the rule should be to automate as much as possible – when it makes sense for the business.

Test automation improves software quality while reducing time to market. But common sense must also be applied. If a manual test can get a result cheaper and more efficiently than an automated test, it makes a lot of sense to do so.

This blog provides guidelines for when to automate. Additionally, if a feature is critical with limited devices and can have a severe impact on an organization, it should not be automated. It’s also important to think long term when considering automation. While test automation can cost slightly more in the short term, the long-term financial benefits can be significant.

Our research has shown that with the right support, most companies can easily automate around 80% of their testing. And these savings only multiply once you can factor in the data and knowledge gained (and the effort saved) through automation.

4. Perform your tests under actual use conditions whenever possible.
At the risk of repeating itself, it is important to find a way to test under real conditions of use. Web developers don’t have to worry about what happens when they go out of data coverage or when a user receives an SMS the same way mobile app developers do.

Without a doubt, this increases the number of test cases, but it is simply a reality for the development of mobile applications. However, again, I would like to stress that test automation is incredibly useful when considering the functional requirements under various application conditions.

5. Manage defects with appropriate sophistication

At a basic level, an issue tracking system will help any team with the simple task of centralizing the test repository. It can help with task assignment, and it can provide a simple one-to-one relationship with a problem or bug and its test case.

Depending on the level of sophistication of an organization, this may be sufficient. Typically, a live issue tracker becomes less efficient as the scenario gets sophisticated, especially those with multiple configurations, different workflows, and different data sets. For more sophisticated environments, it is necessary to invest in a mature mobile test management system. Some examples include tools from Tricentis, QMetry, Plutora, and Jira.

6. Simplify the communication of test results

In theory, results management should be one of the easiest parts of the testing process to manage. However, in reality it depends on the test management tools that are used.

Sophisticated test management system makes the abstraction and presentation of test results very simple. They are created automatically, and a dashboard is available at all times for stakeholders. Meanwhile, an Excel-based system typically requires hours, if not days, of administration, with additional formatting required at report time.

In an agile setup, a significantly less agile reporting method is not the right solution. Regardless of the system used, the reporting element should communicate both test status and progress in a way that is understandable to both development and management. It should also pave the way for useful analysis. It sounds like common sense, but I can’t even count how many times it gets overlooked and doesn’t make it a priority.

7. Analyze test metrics

Last, but certainly not the least, is analytics. Depending on the sophistication of testing and the scope of the project, analysis of test metrics is imperative for the continued performance and improvement of any solution. In smaller configurations, the analysis will not go far beyond showing what has been tested and what is not working.

In more sophisticated operations, the analysis should highlight issues and opportunities in the development and testing processes. This provides a source of constant improvements to ensure that the operation becomes much smarter over time. This means incorporating everything from functional and API tests, and mapping them to UX requirements, datasets, and application analytics.

There is always more that could fit into an article of this nature, but nonetheless, following these guidelines for mobile app deployment will go a long way in upgrading your mobile testing initiative – and making your app much less likely. either one of those which are deleted within minutes or seconds after downloading.

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