33 Test Automation Leaders to Follow on Twitter

What a nice start into the day, when you take a look at your smartphone and seeing a tweet like this

I somehow missed this list “33 Test Automation Leaders to Follow on Twitter” created by Joe Colantonio and published on techbeacon.com last week. The list contains 33 people from all over the world who are experts in the software testing industry and are worth following on twitter. Looking at this list makes me proud to be part of it, because so many awesome experts are listed. Here is an excerpt

  • Jonathan Wright
  • Dan Cuellar
  • Eran Kinsbruner
  • Alan Richardson
  • Bas Dijkstra
  • Angie Jones
  • Katrina Clokie
  • Richard Bradshaw
  • Rosie Sherry

to list some of the 33 people. I highly recommend to check the list and to start to follow them on twitter.

The complete list can be found here.

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Reading Recommendations

Reading Recommendations # 79

This is the 79 issue of my reading recommendations contains 6 very interesting blog posts and one video about mobile app security. Please watch this video! Thanks to all the bloggers out there writing the great content. This issue include the topics: “The Testing Pendulum: Finding balance in exploration”, “How to Efficiently Test Your Mobile App for Battery Drain?”, “Android Test Sharding on Genymotion Cloud Virtual Devices”, “Should test automation be left to developers?”, “Test Automation Leadership” and “More than just Ranking — The Different Stages of App Store Optimization”.

Enjoy reading the posts and send me new ones that are worth reading and I will mention you and link to your social links or blog.

The Testing Pendulum: Finding balance in exploration - Reading RecommendationsKatrina the Tester: The Testing Pendulum: Finding balance in exploration

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Mobile Bug Matrix - Adventures in QA

Mobile Bug Matrix

Let’s start the year 2017 with some fresh and new mobile content. Today’s post is about the mobile bug matrix. Developing, testing and releasing mobile apps can be a challenging task. However, patching an app to fix bugs is not easy, too. How do you decide which bug is going to be fixed in an hotfix or not? Once a bug is online and installed on user’s mobile phones, there is a high likelihood that the bug will stay there for a longer time period, because not everyone is updating apps every day or has the auto update enabled.

There is no way in rolling back an app version once it has been uploaded. When I explain this problem to people who are not into mobile developing and testing I use the metaphor of a burned CD. Do you remember the good old times, when magazines added CDs with useful tools or CDs containing important drivers for your PC? Then you also remember how frustrating it was when the software on that CD had bugs or was completely broken. Once the CD is burned and delivered there is no way of rolling it back. The only way to solve the problem is to send a new CD ;). The same happens with native mobile apps. Once the app file was uploaded to an app store and users have installed the buggy version, you only have the chance to patch/ update this version with the next version.

Patching an app is time consuming, requires development and testing efforts and maybe even more alignments with other departments in the company. Furthermore, the planned development and testing in the current cycle will be slowed down or paused until the app is patched. And you should also keep in mind that some app stores have a review process in place, which may take some days until the patched app is available to the users.

One way to minimize the likelihood of doing a hotfix is an extended internal testing phase with your colleagues. Another way is to distribute the app to some beta testers to gain their feedback. But we all know that the real nasty bugs happen in the wild on the customer phones and companies need to handle them as soon as possible.

Mobile Bug Matrix

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State Of Testing Survey 2017

State of Testing Survey 2017

It’s happening again. The guys from QA Intelligence and Tea Time with Testers are running The State of Testing Survey 2017 again next year. In the last survey from 2016 more than 1,000 software testing professionals took part in the survey. With the huge success and the great insights into the software testing community the goal for the 2017 survey is to reach even more people around the world. Therefore, Joel Montvelisky contacted me and ask for support in spreading the word about the survey. I supported the survey since a couple of years now and I love to announce the next upcoming survey also here on my blog.

Please visit the State of Testing 2017 page and subscribe to the newsletter to get the exact date when the survey is online, which will be in January 2017.

I am really looking forward to the survey and the results. I will be part of the survey and I hope you will be, too

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Blog Review 2016 - Adventures in QA

Blog Review 2016

The year 2016 was yet another awesome year for me. Not only from a professional point of view but also from a personal one. Maybe you have noticed that I wasn’t blogging a lot since August this year :). Well, this has one awesome reason. I became a dad in August and since then I spend my free time mostly with my wife and my son to enjoy every minute. However, from a blogging and professional point of view the year was great, too. This year my book Hands-On Mobile App Testing has been translated into german, which is really really great. I published a new eBook about Smartwatch App Testing on leanpub and I gave my first keynote at a conference.

If you are a frequent reader of my blog, you know that I love to share insights of this blog and to provide a blog review of the past year (see 2015 here). Since a couple of month I also share on a monthly basis numbers of my blog, like in this tweet:

Before I go into details, I want to say THANK YOU to all of my readers. Thanks for reading my blog from time to time, to leave a comment and to share my posts with other people. Still, the feedback I get for this blog is great and just awesome and motivates me to continue producing content on a regular basis. I will try to keep up the pace for 2017 ;-). Read more