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
In part two of the series “How To Get Started In Software Testing”, I’ll outline five more areas aspiring software quality assurance engineers should focus on in order to have a thriving career in the software quality assurance space. Every building is only as strong as its foundation.
Therefore, if you haven’t read part one of this series, I highly recommend you do so before continuing further in this series. This will help give you a solid foundation as you look to launch out to in “deep” end of software testing. You can check out part one here.
Below, I’ve highlighted five key areas every aspiring software tester should consider as he or she looks to explore the world of software quality assurance.
Crowdsourcing: A new shift in the software testing phenomenon is that of crowdsource based testing. Crowdsource based testing is where testers gather from different parts of the world to test applications and get paid for bugs they find. A few of the sites you can visit and join are the following:
utest.com: Join a crowd sourcing site like utest and learn by testing applications, mobiles apps, devices and a variety of other technologies. Here you’ll get direct hands on experience. You can access it here: http://www.utest.com
Weekend Test: Is a software testing platform where testers gather together to test various applications and technologies. You can access it here: http://www.weekendtesting.com
usertesting.com: This platform focuses more on the “look and feel” of a website or what you will call Usability testing. Basically, you sign up to be a “tester” or user and get paid $10 every time you share your thoughts out loud (it’s recorded) when navigating a website. The setup is easy and all you need is a quiet place to record and a computer/laptop. Most test take 15-20 minutes. So, the better you become and the more tests you qualify for you can tests up to three sites an hour, which can earn you about $30 an hour. One secret? Stay logged in and score high (five stars) on your practice/initial training and they’ll keep sending you tests. You can access it at www.usertesting.com