Designing a Robust Test Strategy for Mobile Apps

Parimala Hariprasad, Amadeus Software Labs India Pvt. Ltd

Every day thousands of mobile apps are built, and many are released with poor quality. Dozens of new mobile devices become available every day. Immense pressure mounts on organizations to test mobile apps with shorter go-to-market cycles. Mobile app testing becomes overwhelming due to multiple platforms, varying OS versions, device manufacturers, screen resolutions, and more. Parimala Hariprasad presents an approach to designing test strategies for mobile apps. She addresses such questions as: What devices to test? How to select them? Can we use simulators/emulators? How to handle fragmentation challenges? Which platforms are good enough? Parimala shares her experience, and highlights how analytics and user reviews can facilitate the creation of a good test strategy that evolves over time and balances tradeoffs between cost, quality, and time-to-market in the constantly changing mobile market. Key takeaways include learning about fragmentation, the shotgun approach, mobile personas, and using analytics to fine-tune the test strategy.

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