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Mobile Test Pyramid - Adventures in QA

Mobile Test Pyramid

Anyone who is involved in software testing and software test automation should know the test automation pyramid introduced by Mike Cohn (http://www.mountaingoatsoftware.com/).

This article contains excerpts from my book „Hands-On Mobile App Testing“ published with Pearson Education.

As you can see in the following image, the typical pyramid consists of three layers. At the bottom, there is the automated unit-testing layer, in the middle the automated integration testing layer and at the top there is the automated end-to-end testing layer (including the user interface tests). Each layer has a different size, indicating the number of tests that should be written within each stage. Manual testing is not part of the test pyramid, hence it is shown as a cloud for additional testing work.

Test Pyramid - Adventures in QA

But this pyramid is not applicable to mobile apps and mobile test automation. Mobile testing requires a totally different set of testing activities like movement, sensors, different devices and networks compared to other software like desktop or web applications. Lots of manual testing is required to be sure that a mobile app is working as expected in the different usage scenarios. Read more

Mobile App Europe Summary and Slides

I am just back in Hamburg from the Mobile App Europe Conference and I am still excited about it. I had 2 great days in Potsdam meeting several mobile experts from all over the world to exchange on the latest mobile topics. I had the chance to talk to Dan Cuellar, the creator of Appium which was really great. I talked to people from booking.com, Groupon and other cool companies out there.

Another great thing was that I met Stephen Janaway and Richard Bradshaw again. We had some nice talks and at the end of the first day we were recording another episode of Testing in the Pub together with Denys Zelenchuck, Sergej Mudruk and André Gorzel.

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People in Testing with Richard Bradshaw

Adventures in QA - Richard BradshawThis time in the “People in Testing” series, I had the chance to interview Richard Bradshaw aka the FriendlyTester.

Daniel: What is currently your biggest challenge at work?

Richard: Time! I am currently the sole tester on a project. Responsible for the testing of the apps, which include iOS, Android the a responsive website. Also until recently, this also included a windows phone app. It’s a lot to manage. So it becomes a real balancing act as to where I spend my time. Fortunately the team is aware of this and we stagger the releases. We tend to have iOS ready at least a week before Android. Then the web is more sporadic, mainly because we are able to release that instantly, so the risk is lower, due to the fact we can instantly rollback or push a fix if something was to go wrong, this isn’t as easy with the apps, especially iOS, due to the submission times. Another advantage of the way we work is that the platforms are aligned, meaning that we tend to be delivering the same functionality to all at the same time. This is advantageous to me as I can test across platforms at the same time, but also as with most projects, there is a lot of tacit knowledge, so testing all three while it’s still there helps. Read more

Win a Ticket to EuroSTAR Conference

Win a free ticket to EuroStar Conference - Adventues in QANovember is coming and with this blog post you have the chance to attend the EuroSTAR conference 2015 in Maastricht for FREE. This year the EuroSTAR conference is packed with lots of great keynotes, talks, active workshops and novices-speakeasy sessions that you should not miss.

There will be software testing experts from around the world who will share their knowledge on topics like:

  • Mobile Testing
  • Communication
  • Gamification
  • Context Driven
  • Test Automation
  • Embedded Testing
  • Test & Quality Management
  • Metrics & Methods
  • Agile Testing
  • Exploratory Testing

Please have a look at the complete program here. During great workshops, coffee breaks and social events you can exchange and share your knowledge with other software testing experts. Read more

Reading Recommendations - Adventures in QA

Reading Recommendations # 33

The 33rd issue of the reading recommendation contains 6 posts. This time there are posts with the topics “Making a tradeoff, use vs. technology”, “Core Values in Testing”, “Robot Framework – The unsung hero of test automation”, “How BBST has transformed me as a tester”, “Management friendly test reports” and “What do you do when hiring managers are looking for a set of skills you don’t have but you sorely want?”

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

Reading Recommendations Daniel KnottA Seasoned Tester’s Crystal Ball: Making a tradeoff, user vs. technology

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