Mobile App Development and Testing: 4 Things Executives Should Know

//Mobile App Development and Testing: 4 Things Executives Should Know

Studying the nuances and intricacies of mobile app development and testing may not be a top priority for executives, but understanding the critical role testers play in delivering a great brand experience to customers should be an important objective for execs.

Testers and DevOps managers who toil away to deliver apps to market often wish executives better understood their daily challenges. We know the developer and tester mindset well, and based on conversations we have with these groups, there are four common narratives that emerge. Executives who understand these perspectives will avoid common mistakes when allocating resources for mobile app development, testing or DevOps strategies.

1.    The Mobile Landscape is Too Big To Handle Alone

Just as global markets are diverse and nuanced, the same holds true for the mobile ecosystem. To reach a broad market with quality apps, they have to be tested across a wide variety of devices and environments, and not just the most popular ones. Did you know there are over 25,000 different Android devices in the market and shipments represent almost 90% of the market? That alone creates countless mobile app development and testing scenarios. Once you start expanding across devices and operating systems, the testing scenarios increase quickly. And asking testers to maintain a testing lab is not the best use of their skills and time. Purchasing and managing the number of devices required to test across broad segments of the market requires resources and specialized skills they may not have.

Key Takeaway: The market is broad, diverse and vast. Testers need a scalable strategy for digital test coverage.

2. Test Apps In The Real World and Plan For the Future

Everyone knows that you can’t create products in a vacuum. And don’t forget that just because the people inside your company think your product is great doesn’t mean that customers will agree. Mobile apps are no different. You need to test on real devices and in real-world situations and also understand how apps in development will work in the wild.

Key Takeaway: There are a lot of unknowns that can cause an app to fail. Testers need to test real-world scenarios and prepare for constant change.

3.    Integration With Existing Tools Always Saves Time

Great mobile app testers know that certain testing frameworks and tools are better for testing different types of apps or components. To get the most out of their expertise and skills, they need the flexibility to choose the technologies they know best. These tools and frameworks also need to be accessible from the IDE so they can be easily accessible and integrated through plugins.

Key Takeaway: There are a diverse number of testing tools and automation frameworks available. Make them easy for testers to select and access.

4.     “Continuous” Is a Myth Without Automation

For mobile app development and testing to be continuous, it must be automated. In any production process where small tasks are performed repeatedly, automation drives productivity. Test automation software enables the creation of test scripts that can be run repeatedly across multiple devices. This is key to continuous delivery.

Key Takeaway: Surprises will kill continuous delivery and continuous quality. Testers need to focus on testing early and often.

With executives grasping the importance of and effort required to deliver flawless apps, test teams should get the support they deserve. Successful leaders need to take the time to understand the critical role testers play in delivering a quality and reliable digital experience.

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About the Author:

Peter Crocker is the Founder and Principal Analyst at Smith’s Point Analytics, a technology research and consulting firm helping vendors and brands capture opportunities in the digital engagement market.

Peter has been involved in the mobile and wireless industry since 2003 as an entrepreneur, marketer and analyst.

Prior to founding Smith’s Point Analytics, Peter was a Senior Analyst with VDC Research covering the enterprise mobility and mobile software markets. In addition to Peter’s experience following the mobile market as an analyst, he has been instrumental in building businesses and guiding strategy at mobile software start-ups including Pyxis Mobile and Medxforms.

Peter holds an MBA from The College of William and Mary.

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