Are you confident your testing tools are well suited for the mobile challenge? We all know it’s critical to “get mobile right”. With the popularity of mobile applications exploding, software product companies face a tantalizing opportunity to expand their market reach by offering mobile products. Yet, the twin side of this opportunity is the danger associated with releasing a mobile product too soon, before all the major bugs have been discovered and fixed; today’s consumers are so demanding that a poor experience with mobile can often lead them to reject the entire brand. Ouch. This creates particular stress for the mobile testing group. As the last line of defense in catching errors before unforgiving customers discover them, mobile testers need to be fast, accurate, and adept at their jobs. There’s a lot riding on your effectiveness, when you’re in this position.
Naturally, mobile testing is vastly improved when you’re working with the best possible tools. So how should you go about choosing your mobile testing tools? From our experience working with clients around the globe,
the team at Nagarro has collected several recommendations to help you with your mobile tool selection process.
For starters, we encourage you to begin with a proof of concept on critical platforms before you narrow down to a single tool or tool set. It may well turn out that a single tool won’t be sufficient to achieve your goals for cross-platform automation. Additionally, you’ll need to consider how your tools integrate with test management environments. You may find it helpful to begin by identifying reusable scenarios across platforms, and then group them accordingly. This can be useful towards creating an appropriate, time-saving framework.
Next, when focusing on mobile applications, you should choose critical test cases that can be run across releases as automation candidates. It’s also important to remember the different form factors that need to be tested when you’re mapping out test coverage, especially as this relates to the mobile Web. Plus, you’ll need to consider different connectivity scenarios which will need to be tested with automation execution runs.
With these basic considerations in mind, we’ve prepared a checklist of specific areas to review, as you evaluate your tools for mobile testing:
Checklist for selecting Mobile testing tools
If you’re a CTO, Product Manager or QA leader looking for more ideas on mobile testing in general, I encourage you to read the latest article from Nagarro: