I think it was about time. Time to write my own mobile testing mnemonic. I am working in the field of mobile testing almost 9 years and during this time, I tested many different apps with different use cases. I learnt a lot during this time and I shared my learnings with the world in my own book about mobile testing. Reading books is awesome, but the content from more than 300 pages is hard to keep in mind and to remember. Therefore, I thought it is time to create a mnemonic with the name “Mobile App Testing”.
In the beginning I thought it will be hard to find for the right content for each letter. But in the end it was fairly easy. My mnemonic is covering areas like mobile devices, orientation, mobile browsers, interrupts, performance, automation and many many more.
Please take your time and read the complete mnemonic in the Ministry of Testing dojo here.
Today I have something for my german readers. Together with Ron Werner, Team Lead Mobile Testing from qualityminds, I recorded a mobile testing podcast. The first episode is live and is covering the start into mobile testing (“Wie starte ich als Einsteiger im Mobile Testing durch?”). For beginners it is sometimes not easy to find the right sources and we thought we can share our sources in the first episode.
After recording the first episode, we agreed to record more, so stay tuned for more podcasts about mobile testing and again sorry, by now only in german.
If you are a frequent reader of my blog, you know that I am supporting the State of Testing survey. It’s already the 5th year that the QA Intelligence Blog in collaboration with TeaTime with Testers is conducting this survey. And it’s time again to answer some questions about the state of testing for 2018. The survey takes only 10 mins and you can share your personal insights with the rest of the world. In 2017 more than 1,500 testers from around the world participated in the survey and provided a really nice overview of the current state of the industry.
If you don’t know the state of testing survey, here is a short description from the survey website:
What is the State of Testing?
The State of Testing™ seeks to identify the existing characteristics, practices, and challenges facing the testing community in hopes to shed light and provoke a fruitful discussion towards improvement. The final report is translated into several languages and shared globally, further expanding the reach and impact this report has on all of us in the QA world. This is the 5th year that the QA Intelligence Blog is running this survey in collaboration with TeaTime with Testers, and with your help, it can be bigger and more comprehensive than in previous years. Each year the amount of participants has increased, and the final reports become even more valuable as a culminated reflection of testing trends, challenges, and characteristics.
It’s that time of the year again, to publish my annual blog review of 2017. This year was a bit more silent for me when it comes to blogging. Compared to 2016 when I was writing 79 blog posts, the 27 post I wrote this year look like really nothing. For me it doesn’t feel bad at all, writing 2 blog posts per month is not a bad ratio at all. However, I took this decision to write less in 2017, to recap my thoughts on mobile and to think about a possible new directions of blog posts. Long story short, I am still not sure where the direction is going :). But don’t worry, I will keep on writing in 2018.
As a tradition of this blog, I want to give you some insights about my year and the blog. I want to share some highlights, some numbers, top posts and top countries with you.
My testing highlights this year where clearly two things. Helping to organize Testbash Munich was a blast. I had so much fun working with Kristine, Vera, Viola, Patrick, Marcel, Beren, Vernon, Richard, Rosie and the other people around the event. I was really really cool to see the event happening in Germany for the first. And it will happen again in September 2018 🙂 and I will help to organize again.
The second highlight for me was to talk at the Nordic Testing Days in Tallinn. It was such a nice conference and atmosphere that I really enjoyed. You can get an idea of the event here. I applied to speak at NTD 2018 and my paper was accepted :). Therefore, I hope to see you in Tallinn! If you are into running, don’t forget your running shoes we can go for a nice scenic Tallinn run.
If you are interested in my talk, take a look at the slides and video.
And now some numbers :).
+27.000 unique visitors
+50.000 page impressions
I wrote 27 blog posts
Since the start of the blog in 2011, more than 281.000 page impressions where triggered.
As you can see, besides the top 5 countries almost the whole world was visiting my blog since I started it in 2011, which is just awesome! I hope one to reach the whole world with my content, but I think it will be hard to find tester in each of the missing countries :).
Thanks again for the amazing year 2017. I wish you and your families merry Christmas and a happy new year and I hope to “see” you in 2018. Maybe we see each other on a conference or meetup.
If you are interested in the review of 2016 take a look here.
As announced by Apple at the WWDC 2017 there will be a new AppStore coming this year with the possibility of a phased release for automatic updates. The new feature will provide companies and developers the chance to roll out new app releases to a smaller user base to see if the new version is stable and if the new feature is appreciated by the customers. Apple offers the following steps:
Day 1: 1 percent
Day 2: 2 percent
Day 3: 5 percent
Day 4: 10 percent
Day 5: 20 percent
Day 6: 50 percent
Day 7: 100 percent
Apple selects users for each bucket randomly based on their Apple ID, which is better than the device ID, because users may have several devices like an iPhone and iPad and then they get the same app on each device. And users can only be selected by Apple if they turned automatic updates ON.
Once an app is configured for the phased release, the app must pass each step, which is from my point of view not really flexible. Maybe companies want to start the phased release with a bigger customer group than 1, 2 or 5 percent to get faster feedback. However, on the other side it provides a nice way to monitor new features in the live environment and to react on possible issues and it’s the right way to give companies and developers more options to release an app. Stopping the phased release is possible. Developers have the option to push the app to 100% at any time via the iTunes connect. Read more